Pronunciation: (gal'ōz, -uz), [key]
—pl. -lows•es, -lows.
1. a wooden frame, consisting of a crossbeam on two uprights, on which condemned persons are executed by hanging.
2. a similar structure from which something is suspended.
3. execution by hanging: a crime deserving of the gallows.
4. Also called gal'lows bitts". Naut.a support on the deck of a vessel, generally one of two or more, consisting of a crosspiece on two uprights, for spars, boats, etc.
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