follow Dictionary.com

Today's Word of the Day means...

scaffold

[skaf-uh ld, -ohld] /ˈskæf əld, -oʊld/
noun
1.
a temporary structure for holding workers and materials during the erection, repair, or decoration of a building.
2.
an elevated platform on which a criminal is executed, usually by hanging.
3.
a raised platform or stage for exhibiting spectacles, seating spectators, etc.
4.
any raised framework.
5.
a suspended platform that is used by painters, window washers, and others for working on a tall structure, as a skyscraper.
6.
Metallurgy. any piling or fusion of materials in a blast furnace, obstructing the flow of gases and preventing the uniform descent of the charge.
7.
a system of raised frameworks; scaffolding.
verb (used with object)
8.
to furnish with a scaffold or scaffolding.
9.
to support by or place on a scaffold.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English scaffot, skaffaut, scaffalde < Old French escadafaut; akin to catafalque
Related forms
unscaffolded, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for unscaffolded

scaffold

/ˈskæfəld; -fəʊld/
noun
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
verb (transitive)
3.
to provide with a scaffold
4.
to support by means of a scaffold
Derived Forms
scaffolder, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French eschaffaut, from Vulgar Latin catafalicum (unattested); see catafalque
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for unscaffolded
scaffold
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).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of The Day

Difficulty index for scaffold

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for unscaffolded

0
0
Scrabble Words With Friends