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Definition of scaffold:

  1. 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.
  2. An accumulation of adherent, partly fused material forming a shelf, or dome- shaped obstruction, above the tuyeres in a blast furnace.
  3. Specifically, a stage or elevated platform for the execution of a criminal; as, to die on the scaffold.
  4. To furnish or uphold with a scaffold.


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