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Middle English scaffold, scaffalde, from Medieval Latin scaffaldus, from Old French eschaffaut, escadafaut (platform to see a tournament), from Late Latin scadafaltum, from ex- + *cadafaltum, catafalcum (view-stage), from Old Italian *catare (to view, see) + falco (a stage), a variant of balco (stage, beam, balk), from Lombardic palko, palcho (scaffold, balk, beam), from Proto-Germanic *balkô (beam, rafter), from Proto-Indo-European *bhelg- (beam, plank). Akin to Old High German balco, balcho (scaffold, balk, beam). More at catafalque, balcony, balk.



scaffold (plural scaffolds)

  1. A structure made of scaffolding, for workers to stand on while working on a building.
  2. An elevated platform on which a criminal is executed.
  3. (metalworking) An accumulation of adherent, partly fused material forming a shelf or dome-shaped obstruction above the tuyeres in a blast furnace.

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scaffold (third-person singular simple present scaffolds, present participle scaffolding, simple past and past participle scaffolded)

  1. (transitive) To set up a scaffolding; to surround a building with scaffolding.

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