[skaf-uhld, -ohld]
a temporary structure for holding workers and materials during the erection, repair, or decoration of a building.
an elevated platform on which a criminal is executed, usually by hanging.
a raised platform or stage for exhibiting spectacles, seating spectators, etc.
any raised framework.
a suspended platform that is used by painters, window washers, and others for working on a tall structure, as a skyscraper.
Metallurgy. any piling or fusion of materials in a blast furnace, obstructing the flow of gases and preventing the uniform descent of the charge.
a system of raised frameworks; scaffolding.
verb (used with object)
to furnish with a scaffold or scaffolding.
to support by or place on a scaffold.

1300–50; Middle English scaffot, skaffaut, scaffalde < Old French escadafaut; akin to catafalque

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scaffold (ˈskæfəld, -fəʊld)
1.  a temporary metal or wooden framework that is used to support workmen and materials during the erection, repair, etc, of a building or other construction
2.  a raised wooden platform on which plays are performed, tobacco, etc, is dried, or (esp formerly) criminals are executed
3.  to provide with a scaffold
4.  to support by means of a scaffold
[C14: from Old French eschaffaut, from Vulgar Latin catafalicum (unattested); see catafalque]

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Word Origin & History

c.1347 (implied in scaffolding), aphetic of an O.N.Fr. variant of O.Fr. eschafaut "scaffold," probably altered (by influence of eschace "a prop, support") from chaffaut, from V.L. *catafalicum (see catafalque).
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