Definition of gallows :
1. A frame from which is suspended the rope with which criminals are executed by hanging, usually consisting of two upright posts and a crossbeam on the top; also, a like frame for suspending anything.
2. A pair of suspenders or braces.
3. A wretch who deserves the gallows.
4. of Gallows
5. The rest for the tympan when raised.
punishment device (part of speech: noun)
rod, solitary confinement, ax, stake, rack, truncheon, jail, guillotine, bull whip, maiden, rope, lash, pillory, prison, thumbscrew, switch, noose, electric chair, whipping post, whip, iron, birch rod, torture chamber, block, captivity, cane, thong, rawhide, strap, gibbet, gas chamber, scaffold, cowhide, stocks
punishment devices (part of speech: noun)
bull whips, gibbets, gas chambers, racks, canes, birch rods, maidens, whips, rawhides, pillories, ropes, truncheons, electric chairs, nooses, captivities, guillotines, switches, prisons, straps, cowhides, solitary confinements, axes, rods, stakes, thumbscrews, whipping posts, torture chambers, blocks, scaffolds, thongs, jails, lashes
- Some say that they only grow beneath gallows from that which falls there; that the male grows from the corruption of a man's body; and the female from that of a woman's; but that is surely a lie, and a foul one, too. - "By What Authority?", Robert Hugh Benson.
- So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. - "Journeys Through Bookland V2", Charles H. Sylvester.
- An open place was left close to it for the main- guard; if the army remained long encamped, a gallows was erected there as a warning. - "Pictures of German Life in the XVth XVIth and XVIIth Centuries, Vol. II.", Gustav Freytag.