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.
sustain, building, crucifixion, buttress, structure, frame, hold up, gantry, joist, death warrant, the death penalty, rafter, stage, death sentence, stanchion, foundation, scaffolding, platform, behead, death row, execute, machine, the chair, capital punishment, hold, framework, support
punishment device (part of speech: noun)
rawhide, solitary confinement, ax, stake, prison, truncheon, iron, gibbet, bull whip, lash, rod, jail, noose, pillory, thumbscrew, switch, maiden, electric chair, whipping post, whip, guillotine, birch rod, torture chamber, block, captivity, cane, thong, rack, strap, gas chamber, gallows, rope, cowhide, stocks
- I am going up the scaffold steps." - "The Devil's Garden", W. B. Maxwell.
- Refuse not to save him again to whom you have so often given life, and hasten, brave Wallace, to preserve the Earl of Mar from the scaffold. - "The Scottish Chiefs", Jane Porter.
- In 1798 talk of death in battle or death on a scaffold moved even the youngest and most careless to serious thought. - "The Northern Iron 1907", George A. Birmingham.