Definitions for gallowsˈgæl oʊz, -əz

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  1. gallows(noun)

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

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  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

  6. Origin: [OE. galwes, pl., AS. galga, gealga, gallows, cross; akin to D. galg gallows, OS. & OHG. galgo, G. galgen, Icel. glgi, Sw. & Dan. galge, Goth. galga a cross. Etymologically and historically considered, gallows is a noun in the plural number, but it is used as a singular, and hence is preceded by a; as, a gallows.]

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  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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