Pronunciation: (skaf'uld, -ōld), [key]
1. a temporary structure for holding workers and materials during the erection, repair, or decoration of a building.
2. an elevated platform on which a criminal is executed, usually by hanging.
3. a raised platform or stage for exhibiting spectacles, seating spectators, etc.
4. any raised framework.
5. a suspended platform that is used by painters, window washers, and others for working on a tall structure, as a skyscraper.
6. Metall.any piling or fusion of materials in a blast furnace, obstructing the flow of gases and preventing the uniform descent of the charge.
7. a system of raised frameworks; scaffolding.
1. to furnish with a scaffold or scaffolding.
2. to support by or place on a scaffold.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.