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gal·lows

 (găl′ōz)
n. pl. gallows or gal·lows·es
1.
a. A device usually consisting of two upright posts supporting a crossbeam from which a noose is suspended and used for execution by hanging; a gallows tree.
b. A similar structure used for supporting or suspending.
2. Execution by hanging: a crime punishable by the gallows.

[Middle English galwes, pl. of galwe, gallows, from Old English gealga, galga.]

gallows

(ˈɡæləʊz)
n, pl -lowses or -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. (Building) 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
[C13: from Old Norse galgi, replacing Old English gealga; related to Old High German galgo]

gal•lows

(ˈgæl oʊz, -əz)

n., pl. -lows, -lows•es.
1. a wooden frame consisting of two upright timbers with a crossbeam from which condemned persons are hanged.
2. a similar structure from which something is suspended.
3. execution by hanging: a criminal sentenced to the gallows.
[before 900; Old English g(e)algan; c. OHG galgo]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gallows - an instrument of execution consisting of a wooden frame from which a condemned person is executed by hanging
gallous, gallows tree, gallows-tree, gibbet - alternative terms for gallows
hangman's halter, hangman's rope, hempen necktie, halter, hemp - a rope that is used by a hangman to execute persons who have been condemned to death by hanging
instrument of execution - an instrument designed and used to take the life of a condemned person
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one

gallows

noun scaffold, gibbet They were hanged at Smithfield gallows.
Translations
مِشْنَقَه
šibenice
galge
hirsipuu
vješala
akasztófa
gálgi
kartuvės
karātavas
vislice
galge
darağacıidam sehpası

gallows

[ˈgæləʊz]
A. NSING (gallowses or gallows (pl)) → horca f
B. CPD gallows humour N (fig) → humor m negro or macabro

gallows

[ˈgæləʊz] npotence f

gallows

nGalgen m; to send/bring somebody to the gallowsjdn an den Galgen bringen

gallows

:
gallows bird
n (inf)Galgenvogel m (inf)
gallows humour, (US) gallows humor
nGalgenhumor m

gallows

[ˈgæləʊz] nplforca, patibolo

gallows

(ˈgӕləuz) noun singular
a wooden frame on which criminals were hanged.
References in classic literature ?
A pause--then Flo cried out, "Bless me, there's a gallows and a man going up.
Clergymen, judges, statesmen,--the wisest, calmest, holiest persons of their day stood in the inner circle round about the gallows, loudest to applaud the work of blood, latest to confess themselves miserably deceived.
Indeed, so far as its physical aspect is concerned, with its flat, unvaried surface, covered chiefly with wooden houses, few or none of which pretend to architectural beauty -- its irregularity, which is neither picturesque nor quaint, but only tame -- its long and lazy street, lounging wearisomely through the whole extent of be peninsula, with Gallows Hill and New Guinea at one end, and a view of the alms-house at the other -- such being the features of my native town, it would be quite as reasonable to form a sentimental attachment to a disarranged checker-board.
Perhaps I was over sensitive to such impressions at the time, but I could not help staring at this gallows with a vague misgiving.
Even though you be a spy, and your words a trap for my undoing, yet are they such refreshment that to hear them again and others like to them, I would go to the gallows happy, as having had one good feast at least in a starved life.
Look here, the sun isn't the spectacle--it's US--stacked up here on top of this gallows, in these idiotic blankets, and two hundred and fifty well-dressed men and women down here gawking up at us and not caring a straw whether the sun rises or sets, as long as they've got such a ridiculous spectacle as this to set down in their memorandum-books.
So was the black horned thing seated aloof on a rock, surveying a distant crowd surrounding a gallows.
I'd do that, if I was going to be strung up to that there gallows as there is over there, directly afterwards.
This comforted me somewhat until it occurred to me that if he had lived a century earlier, invested his money in a horse and a pair of pistols, and taken to the road, his object--that of wresting from others the fruits of their labor without rendering them an equivalent--would have been exactly the same, and his risk far greater, for it would have included risk of the gallows.
Here's luck," "A fair wind," and "Billy Bones his fancy," were very neatly and clearly executed on the forearm; and up near the shoulder there was a sketch of a gallows and a man hanging from it--done, as I thought, with great spirit.
So the chief of police ordered a gallows to be erected, and sent criers to proclaim in every street in the city that a Christian was to be hanged that day for having killed a Mussulman.
Now if we remain here we shall die of hunger, and if we move out we shall be strung up on the gallows.