gallows(redirected from Gallows (Execution))
Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal.
n. pl. gallows or gal·lows·es
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.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
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]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
Switch to new thesaurus
|Noun||1.||gallows - an instrument of execution consisting of a wooden frame from which a condemned person is executed by hanging|
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
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
A. NSING (gallowses or gallows (pl)) → horca f
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
gallows[ˈgæləʊz] n → potence f
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
n (inf) → Galgenvogel m (inf)
gallows humour, (US) gallows humor
n → Galgenhumor m
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
gallows(ˈgӕləuz) noun singular
a wooden frame on which criminals were hanged. galg مِشْنَقَه бесило forca šibenice der Galgen galge ικρίωμαhorca võllas چوبه دار hirsipuu gibet עַמוּד תְּלִייָה फांसी का तखता vješala akasztófa tiang gantungan gálgi forca 絞首台 교수대 kartuvės karātavas tempat gantung galggalgeszubienica دار، زندۍ patíbulo spânzurătoare виселица šibenica vislice vešala galge ที่แขวนคอนักโทษ darağacı, idam sehpası 絞刑架 шибениця سولی giá treo cổ 绞刑架
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.