• (British) IPA: /ˈɡæləʊz/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈɡæloʊz/
  • (America, dialectal) IPA: /ˈɡæləs/

gallows (plural gallows)

  1. Wooden framework on which persons are put to death by hanging. [from 1300s]
  2. (colloquial, obsolete) A wretch who deserves to be hanged.
  3. (printing, obsolete) The rest for the tympan when raised.
  4. (colloquial, obsolete) Suspenders; braces.
  5. Any contrivance with posts and crossbeam for suspending objects.
    • 1971, Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola, The Godfather (screenplay, third draft)
      Lit by the moonlight through the window, he can see a FIGURE in the hospital bed alone in the room, and under a transparent oxygen tent. […] Tubes hang from a steel gallows beside the bed, and run to his nose and mouth.
  6. The main frame of a beam engine.
Synonyms Translations Verb
  1. third-person singular form of gallow

Proper noun
  1. plural form of Gallow

This text is extracted from the Wiktionary and it is available under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license | Terms and conditions | Privacy policy 0.007
Offline English dictionary