Gallows

Definition of Gallows

Gal´lows
n. sing.1.A frame from which is suspended the rope with which criminals are executed by hanging, usually consisting of two upright posts and a crossbeam on the top; also, a like frame for suspending anything.
So they hanged Haman on the gallows.
- Esther vii. 10.
If I hang, I'll make a fat pair of gallows.
- Shak.
O, there were desolation of gaolers and gallowses!
- Shak.
2.A wretch who deserves the gallows.
3.(Print.) The rest for the tympan when raised.
4.A pair of suspenders or braces.
Gallows bird
a person who deserves the gallows.
Gallows bitts
(Naut.) one of two or more frames amidships on deck for supporting spare spars; - called also gallows, gallows top, gallows frame, etc.
Gallows frame
a - The frame supporting the beam of an engine.
b - (Naut.) Gallows bitts.
Gallows tree
the gallows.
At length him nailéd on a gallow tree.
- Spenser.

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