• WordNet 3.6
    • v scaffold provide with a scaffold for support "scaffold the building before painting it"
    • n scaffold a temporary arrangement erected around a building for convenience of workers
    • n scaffold a platform from which criminals are executed (hanged or beheaded)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Scaffold A temporary structure of timber, boards, etc., for various purposes, as for supporting workmen and materials in building, for exhibiting a spectacle upon, for holding the spectators at a show, etc. "Pardon, gentles all,
      The flat, unraised spirits that have dared
      On this unworthy scaffold to bring forth
      So great an object."
    • Scaffold (Metal) An accumulation of adherent, partly fused material forming a shelf, or dome-shaped obstruction, above the tuyères in a blast furnace.
    • Scaffold Specifically, a stage or elevated platform for the execution of a criminal; as, to die on the scaffold . "That a scaffold of execution should grow a scaffold of coronation."
    • v. t Scaffold To furnish or uphold with a scaffold.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n scaffold A temporary gallery or stage raised either as a place for exhibiting a spectacle or for spectators to stand or sit.
    • n scaffold The gallery or highest tier of seats in a theater.
    • n scaffold A stage or platform, usually elevated, for the execution of a criminal.
    • n scaffold A temporary structure upon which workmen stand in erecting the walls of a building. See cut under putlog.
    • n scaffold An elevated platform upon which dead bodies are placed—a mode of disposing of the dead practised by some tribes, as of North American Indians, instead of burial; a kind of permanent bier.
    • n scaffold In embryology, a temporary structure outlining parts to be subsequently formed in or upon it; a framework: as, the cartilaginous scaffold of the skull. Also scaffolding.
    • n scaffold In metallurgy, an obstruction in the blast-furnace above the twyers, caused by the imperfect working of the furnace in consequence of insufficient or unsuitable flux, bad fuel, irregular charging, etc. As the materials under such a scaffold or agglomerated mass descend, this latter may itself give way and fall down; this is called a “slip,” and if such slips occur on a large scale, or are several times repeated, the furnace may become choked or “gobbed up” (as it is technically called) to such an extent as seriously to interfere with or entirely to stop its working.
    • scaffold To furnish with a scaffold; sustain; uphold, as with a scaffold.
    • scaffold To lay or place on a scaffold; particularly, to place (dead bodies) on a scaffold to decay or be eaten by birds, as is customary with some uncivilized tribes.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Scaffold skaf′old a temporary platform for exhibiting or for supporting something, and esp. for the execution of a criminal: a framework
    • v.t Scaffold to furnish with a scaffold: to sustain
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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.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. eschafault, eschafaut, escafaut, escadafaut, F. échafaud,; probably originally the same word as E. & F. catafalque, It. catafalco,. See Catafalque


In literature:

Share and share alike ... if not, the scaffold!
"The Confessions of Arsène Lupin" by Maurice Leblanc
On the 20th of January, 1793, he died upon the scaffold.
"Louis Philippe" by John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
Then he read his speech first on the one side of the scaffold, and then on the other.
"Biographia Scoticana (Scots Worthies)" by John Howie
The rest of the Girondists also voted for death, and Louis was condemned to the scaffold.
"Madame Roland, Makers of History" by John S. C. Abbott
He uses the scaffold against the scaffold!
"The Speaker, No. 5: Volume II, Issue 1" by Various
Soon it would be his turn to ride past the wooden ring that a pair of slaves was swinging from side to side between the legs of a scaffold.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
Egmont asked whether it would be well to say anything on the scaffold for the edification of the people.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. IX (of X) - America - I" by Various
The "scaffold" was a platform about twelve feet square and four feet high, with a railing around it, and steps by which to ascend.
"Queen Elizabeth" by Jacob Abbott
On January 30th, 1649, on a scaffold raised before the Banqueting House at Whitehall, he was executed.
"Bygone Punishments" by William Andrews
He had a scaffolding erected for this purpose in the cathedral.
"The Phantom World" by Augustin Calmet

In poetry:

Against the cross a scaffold stood,
Whence easy hands could nail
The doomed upon that altar-wood,
Whose fire burns slow and pale.
"A Book of Dreams: Part I" by George MacDonald
The scaffold's there, and thou art firm;
Thou walkest forth upon it now;
The thoughts within thy breast are hid,
But calm and peaceful is thy brow.
"Louis Riel" by Thomas Frederick Young
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
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
A scaffold high with spreading arms on yonder height we see,
It waits to take its victim's life, exulting cruelly.
While zephyr's blow, birds hover o'er a soul in dire distress,
With troubled gaze breathes out a prayer. Will God attend and bless?
"Some Mother's Boy" by Mary Alice Walton

In news:

One woman is dead and 19 others were injured following the collapse of scaffolding outside of a Linkin Park show in Cape Town, South Africa on Wednesday.
JOHANNESBURG – The city of Cape Town, South Africa, says that 20 people have been injured after scaffolding collapsed because of high winds outside a concert for Linkin Park.
Scaffolding topples in Sunset District due to wind.
A large piece of scaffolding fell onto a car in San Francisco's Sunset District Friday evening.
One Killed, One Injured In Scaffolding Fall.
One person was killed and two others were injured in a scaffolding collapse at a middle school construction site in Overland Park, Kan.
Scaffolding located below Fenway Park's.406 club behind home plate fell into the seating area below on Friday.
A portion of construction scaffolding collapsed today at Fenway Park.
The company designed and built the frame, or scaffold buck, the same way as it did on the Statue of Liberty restoration project.
At least five construction workers were killed when a 14-story-high scaffolding structure collapsed at a New York City office building Wednesday, fire officials said.
JOHANNESBURG — A spokeswoman for the South African city of Cape Town says one person died after a scaffolding collapsed in high winds outside a Linkin Park concert, injuring 19 other people.
The Martin Agency's latest work for BFGoodrich plays like a Spider-Man outtake set on a high-rise scaffold.
Twenty people were injured when scaffolding collapsed in high winds at a outside a stadium in Cape Town.
Construction workers setup scaffolding outside the Governor's office as repairs and restorations continue at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill.
Hit by 'Good Wife' scaffolding.

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
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
The scaffolding G(L) contains the join core K∨ (L) which in turn contains J (L).
Lattices freely generated by posets within a variety. Part II: Finitely generated varieties