Scaf"fold, v. t. To furnish or
uphold with a scaffold.
Scaf"fold (?), n. [OF.
eschafault, eschafaut, escafaut,
escadafaut, F. échafaud; probably originally the
same word as E. & F. catafalque, It. catafalco. See
Catafalque.] 1. 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.
Pardon, gentles all, Shak.
The flat, unraised spirits that have dared
On this unworthy scaffold to bring forth
So great an object.
2. Specifically, a stage or elevated platform
for the execution of a criminal; as, to die on the
That a scaffold of execution should grow a
scaffold of coronation. Sir P. Sidney.
3. (Metal.) An accumulation of
adherent, partly fused material forming a shelf, or dome-shaped
obstruction, above the tuyères in a blast furnace.