Definitions for gallowsˈgæl oʊz, -əz

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

gal•lowsˈgæl oʊz, -əz(n.)(pl.)-lows, -lows•es.

  1. a wooden frame consisting of two upright timbers with a crossbeam from which condemned persons are hanged.

  2. a similar structure from which something is suspended.

  3. execution by hanging:

    a criminal sentenced to the gallows.

Origin of gallows:

bef. 900; OE g(e)algan; c. OHG galgo

Princeton's WordNet

  1. gallows(noun)

    an instrument of execution consisting of a wooden frame from which a condemned person is executed by hanging

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gallows

    of Gallows

  2. Gallows

    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

  3. Gallows

    a wretch who deserves the gallows

  4. Gallows

    the rest for the tympan when raised

  5. Gallows

    a pair of suspenders or braces


  1. Gallows

    A gallows is a frame, typically wooden, used for execution by hanging, or by means to torture before execution, as was used when being hanged, drawn and quartered. The gallows took its form from the Roman Furca when Constantine the Great abolished crucifixion.

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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

gallows(noun singular)

a wooden frame on which criminals were hanged.

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