What does scaffolding mean?

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ˈskæf əl dɪŋ, -oʊl-scaf·fold·ing

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. scaffolding, stagingnoun

    a system of scaffolds


  1. scaffoldingnoun

    A temporary modular system of tubes forming a framework used to support people and material in the construction or repair of buildings and other large structures.


  1. Scaffolding

    Scaffolding, also called scaffold or staging, is a temporary structure used to support a work crew and materials to aid in the construction, maintenance and repair of buildings, bridges and all other man-made structures. Scaffolds are widely used on site to get access to heights and areas that would be otherwise hard to get to. Unsafe scaffolding has the potential to result in death or serious injury. Scaffolding is also used in adapted forms for formwork and shoring, grandstand seating, concert stages, access/viewing towers, exhibition stands, ski ramps, half pipes and art projects.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scaffoldingnoun

    a scaffold; a supporting framework; as, the scaffolding of the body

  2. Scaffoldingnoun

    materials for building scaffolds


  1. Scaffolding

    Scaffolding is a temporary structure used to support people and material in the construction or repair of buildings and other large structures. It is usually a modular system of metal pipes or tubes, although it can be from other materials. Bamboo is frequently used in Asia.

Editors Contribution

  1. scaffolding

    A type of sturdy structure and system to create a framework to support people and materials in building, landscaping, painting, construction and other innovative purposes.

    Scaffolding is used on many building or construction sites.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 16, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of scaffolding in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of scaffolding in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of scaffolding in a Sentence

  1. Eva Telzer:

    We think that parents play an important scaffolding role, helping their children to make more thoughtful decisions.

  2. Laura Bachrach:

    We’re really worried about this because there’s sort of this critical time between being born and reaching the early 20s when you’re setting up the scaffolding of life (in terms of the geometry and density of the bone), you sort of max out in your early 20s and there is real concern that the lifestyle of young people nowadays versus 40 or 50 years ago is setting people up to be more at risk as adults for not having a very robust bone bank as they age.

  3. Ruy Lozano:

    Right now, it looks like more (like) the scaffolding is the real danger.

  4. Dinh Ninh Dan:

    After 10 more minutes, the scaffolding, which was about 20 meters (65 feet) high, suddenly collapsed. I quickly grabbed an iron bar but fell free, people were screaming, calling for help from the rubble.

  5. Marc Eskenazi:

    The procedure says that at the end of the day, electricity on the site is turned off. So we turn off the lifts and the scaffolding's lights, and we hand over the keys to the sacristy's concierge, that's exactly what the workers did. They followed the procedure, and it was of course duly noted in the registers at the sacristy.

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