• WordNet 3.6
    • n scaffolding a system of scaffolds
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Scaffolding A scaffold; a supporting framework; as, the scaffolding of the body.
    • Scaffolding Materials for building scaffolds.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n scaffolding A frame or structure for temporary support in an elevated place; in building, a temporary combination of timberwork consisting of upright poles and horizontal pieces, on which are laid boards for supporting the builders when carrying up the different stages or floors of a building, or plasterers when executing their work in the interior of houses. The scaffolding is struck or removed as soon as it has answered its purpose. See cut under putlog.
    • n scaffolding Materials for scaffolds.
    • n scaffolding Figuratively, any sustaining part; a frame or framework, as the skeleton; especially, in embryology, a temporary formation of hard parts to be replaced by or modified into a permanent structure: as, the scaffolding of an embryonic skull.
    • n scaffolding In metallurgy, the formation of a scaffold; an engorgement. See scaffold, 7.
    • n scaffolding In tobacco-growing, the hanging of the freshly cut plant upon a structure of poles or rails variously supported to wilt before housing: much practised in the heavy export and white Burley districts.
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  • Henri Frederic Amiel
    “Our systems, perhaps, are nothing more than an unconscious apology for our faults --a gigantic scaffolding whose object is to hide from us our favorite sin.”
  • Benito Mussolini
    Benito Mussolini
    “The Liberal State is a mask behind which there is no face; it is a scaffolding behind which there is no building.”
  • John Mason Brown
    John Mason Brown
    “I am as content to die for God's eternal truth on the scaffold as in any other way.”
  • Pierre Corneille
    “It is the crime not the scaffold which is the disgrace.”
  • James Russell Lowell
    “Truth forever on the scaffold, wrong forever on the throne.”


In literature:

And scaffolds they are, though not employed in any building purposes; instead, for that of burial.
"Gaspar the Gaucho" by Mayne Reid
Underneath the scaffold some dogs were licking yesterday's blood, Brotteaux turned back towards the Rue Honore.
"The Gods are Athirst" by Anatole France
A few moments later, he was facing a scaffold, where, as sheriff, he had lately hung a man.
"The Story of the Outlaw" by Emerson Hough
Here he was chiefly employed as a constable; detected many crimes, and brought several to the scaffold.
"The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2)" by John West
The Indians would build a scaffolding of poles, a mere grate-work, which would give free passage to smoke.
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
The request was refused, and he repeated it for himself from memory as he was led to the scaffold.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
At first he had stood near the scaffold, supposing that Essex might wish to speak to him.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
It turned clumsily, and carefully circled the scaffolding, and moved toward a sidewall of the Shed.
"Space Platform" by Murray Leinster
They crawled over the scaffolding like ants.
"Hunters Out of Space" by Joseph Everidge Kelleam
Meagre, indeed, and cold was the sympathy that a transgressor might look for, from such bystanders, at the scaffold.
"The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne

In poetry:

The scaffold grew red with the blood of the brave,
Kings turn'd pale on their thrones at her nod;
While Loyalty fled to the gloom of the cave,
And Piety knelt to her God.
"The Fury Of Discord" by Sir John Carr
There's nobody on the house-tops now—-
Just a palsied few at the windows set;
For the best of the sight is, all allow,
At the Shambles' Gate—-or, better yet,
By the very scaffold's foot, I trow.
"The Patriot" by Robert Browning
Long, long have we sighed for thee, coyest of maidens—
Long, long have we worshipped thee, queen of the brave!
Steadily sought for thee, readily fought for thee,
Purpled the scaffold and glutted the grave!
"Ireland’s Vow" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
I'm sure very little good emanates from strong drink,
And many people, alas! it leads to hell's brink!
Some to the scaffold, and some to a pauper's grave,
Whereas if they would abstain from drink, Christ would them save.
"The Funeral of the Late Ex-Provost Rough, Dundee" by William Topaz McGonagall
And when the day of his trial draws near,
No doubt for the murdering of his wife he drops a tear,
And he exclaims, "Oh, thou demon Drink, through thee I must die,"
And on the scaffold he warns the people from drink to fly,
"The Demon Drink" by William Topaz McGonagall
Remember all those renowned generations,
Remember all that have sunk in their blood,
Remember all that have died on the scaffold,
Remember all that have fled, that have stood,
Stood, took death like a tune
On an old,tambourine.
"Three Marching Songs" by William Butler Yeats

In news:

A scaffold that a window washer fell off today on the Near North Side.
A swing stage scaffold that a window washer fell off hangs above the lobby of 405 N Wabash.
These are required to work on scaffolding and for workers at major buildings in the city.
A worker has been rescued after a scaffold malfunction left him dangling 15 stories above a Coronado street.
A pedestrian was killed after lightning struck the rooftop of a Brooklyn church, bringing bricks down onto scaffolding that collapsed on him during thunderstorms on Thursday night, the authorities said.
Four men injured when scaffold 's cables become tangled outside 10th floor of Federal Building in Cleveland.
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Four men were injured Thursday while working on a scaffold outside the 10th floor of the A.J.
Authorities said four employees of Atlanta-based Archer Western Contractors were on the scaffolding when something caused it to collapse.
AMS Biotechnology to Distribute Reinnervate's 3-D Cell Culture Scaffold .
Two workers preparing to fix a roof in West Scranton were injured Monday when one fell 30 feet off scaffolding onto the other, city police said.
Two-story wall and scaffolding fell onto a city bus.
A section of scaffold installed to protect cars from overhead construction collapsed onto eight northbound lanes shortly before 11 am Wednesday, officials said.
Two window washers dangled from atop a high-rise apartment near AT&T Park when their scaffolding collapsed.
Migrant laborers work on scaffolding at a construction site in downtown Shanghai.
That's because Gaetano Russo's 1892 statue of the explorer, usually visible for miles around, will be covered in scaffolding that all but removes the monument from public view.

In science:

These networks serve as scaffolds for various RD processes.
Reaction diffusion processes on random and scale-free networks
These matrices form a fixed “scaffolding” for the TBRE.
The Two-Body Random Ensemble in Nuclei
The reason is that the mixing of basis states which leads to Wigner–Dyson statistics, is mainly due to the scaffolding matrices Cµν (J, α) which are fixed by the shell model.
The Two-Body Random Ensemble in Nuclei
STFs are particularly suited to serve as scaffolds because their structure effectively mimics that of a tissue’s extracellular matrix .
Thin-Film Metamaterials called Sculptured Thin Films
When computing L from the connection maps it pays to replace the seemingly natural set J (L) of join irreducibles by the larger scaffolding G(L), which is defined as the union of the sets σi (Li \ {0}).
Lattices freely generated by posets within a variety. Part II: Finitely generated varieties