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Meaning of GALLOWS

Pronunciation:  'galowz

WordNet Dictionary
 Definition: [n]  instrument of execution consisting of a wooden frame from which condemned persons are executed by hanging
 Synonyms: gallous, gallowstree, gibbet
 See Also: hangman's halter, hangman's rope, hemp, hempen necktie, instrument of execution



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Gal"lows\, n. sing.; pl. {Gallowses}or {Gallows}. [OE.
galwes, pl., AS. galga, gealga, gallows, cross; akin to D.
galg gallows, OS. & OHG. galgo, G. galgen, Icel. g[=a]lgi,
Sw. & Dan. galge, Goth. galga a cross. Etymologically and
historically considered, gallows is a noun in the plural
number, but it is used as a singular, and hence is preceded
by a; as, a gallows.]
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.

         If I hang, I'll make a fat pair of gallows. --Shak.

         O, there were desolation of gaolers and gallowses?

2. A wretch who deserves the gallows. [R.] --Shak.

3. (Print.) The rest for the tympan when raised.

4. pl. A pair of suspenders or braces. [Colloq.]

{Gallows bird}, a person who deserves the gallows. [Colloq.]

{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}, or

{Gallow tree}, the gallows.

         At length him nail['e]d on a gallow tree. --Spenser.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing gallows in your dream means frustration in your future plans. Seeing yourself being led to the gallows means unexplainable bad luck. Seeing yourself standing on the gallows means that you will suffer from the maliciousness of a false friend and will be betrayed by them.
Easton Bible Dictionary

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."

Thesaurus Terms
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