Scaffold Definition

skăfəld, -ōld
A temporary wooden or metal framework for supporting workmen and materials during the erecting, repairing, or painting of a building, etc.
Webster's New World
A temporary wooden stage or platform, as that on which medieval plays were presented.
Webster's New World
A raised platform on which criminals are executed, as by hanging.
Webster's New World
Any raised framework.
Webster's New World

(metalworking) An accumulation of adherent, partly fused material forming a shelf or dome-shaped obstruction above the tuyeres in a blast furnace.

To furnish or support with, or put on, a scaffold.
Webster's New World
To place on a raised framework or platform.
American Heritage
To set up a scaffolding; to surround a building with scaffolding.

Origin of Scaffold

  • Middle English scaffold, scaffalde, from Medieval Latin scaffaldus, from Old French eschaffaut, escadafaut (“platform to see a tournament"), from Late Latin scadafaltum, from ex- + *cadafaltum, catafalcum (“view-stage"), from Old Italian *catare (“to view, see") + falco (“a stage"), a variant of balco (“stage, beam, balk"), from Lombardic palko, palcho (“scaffold, balk, beam"), from Proto-Germanic *balkô (“beam, rafter"), from Proto-Indo-European *bhelg- (“beam, plank"). Akin to Old High German balco, balcho (“scaffold, balk, beam"). More at catafalque, balcony, balk.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Medieval Latin scaffaldus of Old French origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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