Gallows

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. glgi, 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.
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So they hanged Haman on the gallows.
Esther vii. 10.
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If I hang, I'll make a fat pair of gallows.
Shak.
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O, there were desolation of gaolers and gallowses!
Shak.
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2. A wretch who deserves the gallows. [R.] Shak.
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3. (Print.) The rest for the tympan when raised.
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4. pl. A pair of suspenders or braces. [Colloq.]
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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 tree, or Gallow tree, the gallows.
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At length him naild on a gallow tree.
Spenser.
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