|—n , pl -lowses, -lows|
|1.||a wooden structure usually consisting of two upright posts with a crossbeam from which a rope is suspended, used for hanging criminals|
|2.||any timber structure resembling this, such as (in Australia and New Zealand) a frame for hoisting up the bodies of slaughtered cattle|
|3.||the gallows execution by hanging|
|[C13: from Old Norse galgi, replacing Old English gealga; related to Old High German galgo]|
Heb. 'ets, meaning "a tree" (Esther 6:4), a post or gibbet. In Gen. 40:19 and Deut. 21:22 the word is rendered "tree."