Gallows



[gal-ohz, -uh z] /ˈgæl oʊz, -əz/

noun, plural gallowses, gallows.
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 gallows bitts. Nautical. 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.
/ˈɡæləʊz/
noun (pl) -lowses, -lows
1.
a wooden structure usually consisting of two upright posts with a crossbeam from which a rope is suspended, used for hanging criminals
2.
any timber structure resembling this, such as (in Australia and New Zealand) a frame for hoisting up the bodies of slaughtered cattle
3.
the gallows, execution by hanging
n.

c.1300, plural of Middle English galwe “gallows” (mid-13c.), from Old Norse galgi “gallows,” or from Old English galga (Mercian), gealga (West Saxon) “gallows;” all from Proto-Germanic *galgon- “pole” (cf. Old Frisian galga, Middle High German galge “gallows, cross,” German Galgen “gallows,” Gothic galga “cross”), from PIE *ghalgh- “branch, rod” (cf. Lithuanian zalga “pole, perch,” Armenian dzalk “pole”). In Old English, also used of the cross of the crucifixion. Plural because made of two poles.

Heb. ‘ets, meaning “a tree” (Esther 6:4), a post or gibbet. In Gen. 40:19 and Deut. 21:22 the word is rendered “tree.”

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