from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. 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.
- n. A similar structure used for supporting or suspending.
- n. Execution by hanging: a crime punishable by the gallows.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Wooden framework on which persons are put to death by hanging.
- v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of gallow.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. A wretch who deserves the gallows.
- n. The rest for the tympan when raised.
- n. A pair of suspenders or braces.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A wooden frame on which criminals are executed by hanging, usually consisting of two posts and a cross-beam on the top, or of a single post with a projecting arm, from which the criminal is suspended by a rope fastened about his neck: a plural used as a singular, and having the double plural gallowses.
- n. A similar contrivance for suspending objects.
- n. Nautical, same as gallows-bitts.
- n. In coal-mining, a set of timbers consisting of two upright pieces or props and a bar or crown-tree laid across their tops so as to support the roof in a level or in any other excavation.
- n. In printing, a low trestle attached to old forms of hand printing-presses, to sustain the tympan.
- n. A central core formed of several cornstalks interlaced diagonally (while uncut) to serve as a stool or support for cut maize which is placed about it in forming a shock.
- n. plural A pair of braces for supporting the trousers. Also galluses.
- n. A wretch who deserves to be hanged; a gallows-bird.
- Reckless; dashing; showy.
- Very; exceedingly: as, gallows poor.
- n. Specifically, on the great sheep-raising stations of Australasia, a high wooden frame on which the carcasses of butchered cattle or sheep are suspended; a meat-gallows.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an instrument of execution consisting of a wooden frame from which a condemned person is executed by hanging
Middle English galwes, pl. of galwe, gallows, from Old English gealga, galga.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English ġealga. (Wiktionary)