What does scaffold mean?

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ˈskæf əld, -oʊldscaf·fold

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. scaffold(noun)

    a platform from which criminals are executed (hanged or beheaded)

  2. scaffold(verb)

    a temporary arrangement erected around a building for convenience of workers

  3. scaffold(verb)

    provide with a scaffold for support

    "scaffold the building before painting it"


  1. scaffold(Noun)

    A structure made of scaffolding, for workers to stand on while working on a building.

  2. scaffold(Noun)

    An elevated platform on which a criminal is executed.

  3. scaffold(Verb)

    To set up a scaffolding; to surround a building with scaffolding.

  4. Origin: scaffold, from scaffaldus, from eschaffaut, from scadafaltum, from ex- + *, from * + falco, a variant of balco, of origin, from balco, from balkô, from bhelg-. Akin to balco. More at catafalque, balcony, balk.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scaffold(noun)

    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. Scaffold(noun)

    specifically, a stage or elevated platform for the execution of a criminal; as, to die on the scaffold

  3. Scaffold(noun)

    an accumulation of adherent, partly fused material forming a shelf, or dome-shaped obstruction, above the tuyeres in a blast furnace

  4. Scaffold(verb)

    to furnish or uphold with a scaffold

  5. Origin: [OF. eschafault, eschafaut, escafaut, escadafaut, F. chafaud; probably originally the same word as E. & F. catafalque, It. catafalco. See Catafalque.]


  1. Scaffold

    Scaffolding is a technique supported by some model-view-controller frameworks, in which the programmer may write a specification that describes how the application database may be used. The compiler uses this specification to generate code that the application can use to create, read, update and delete database entries, effectively treating the template as a "scaffold" on which to build a more powerful application. Scaffolding is an evolution of database code generators from earlier development environments, such as Oracle's CASE Generator, and many other 4GL client-server software development products. Scaffolding was popularized by the Ruby on Rails framework. It has been adapted to other software frameworks, including Django, Monorail, Symfony, CodeIgniter, Yii, CakePHP, Model-Glue, Grails, Catalyst, Seam Framework, Spring Roo, ASP.NET Dynamic Data and ASP.NET MVC Framework's Metadata Template Helpers.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Scaffold

    skaf′old, n. a temporary platform for exhibiting or for supporting something, and esp. for the execution of a criminal: a framework.—v.t. to furnish with a scaffold: to sustain.—ns. Scaff′oldage (Shak.), a scaffold, a stage, the gallery of a theatre; Scaff′older, a spectator in the gallery: one of the 'gods;' Scaff′olding, a scaffold of wood for supporting workmen while building: materials for scaffolds: (fig.) a frame, framework: disposing of the bodies of the dead on a scaffold or raised platform, as by the Sioux Indians, &c. [O. Fr. escafaut (Fr. échafaud, It. catafalco); from a Romance word, found in Sp. catar, to view—L. captāre, to try to seize, falco (It. palco), a scaffold—Ger. balke, a beam. Doublet catafalque.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    A work of art that rarely fails to get a hanging.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of scaffold in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of scaffold in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of scaffold in a Sentence

  1. Pierre Corneille:

    It is the crime not the scaffold which is the disgrace.

  2. Mother Jones:

    I am not afraid of the pen, or the scaffold, or the sword. I will tell the truth wherever I please.

  3. Robert Langer:

    Anytime anybody does anything in an area like this, I think it advances it. You learn something...every scaffold that you make is kind of different.

  4. Dwight D Eisenhower:

    I feel like the fellow in jail who is watching his scaffold being built. (On construction of reviewing stands for inauguration of his successor John F Kennedy)

  5. Ramille Shah:

    What that does is, it provides follicles with the space to grow, but also it allows space for blood vessels to infiltrate the scaffold without degrading the material.

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