Gallows tree
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. 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. [1913 Webster]

So they hanged Haman on the gallows. --Esther vii. 10. [1913 Webster]

If I hang, I'll make a fat pair of gallows. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

O, there were desolation of gaolers and gallowses! --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. A wretch who deserves the gallows. [R.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. (Print.) The rest for the tympan when raised. [1913 Webster]

4. pl. A pair of suspenders or braces. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]

At length him nail['e]d on a gallow tree. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • gallows tree — n. [ME galwetre < OE galgtreow] a gallows …   English World dictionary

  • gallows tree — noun alternative terms for gallows • Syn: ↑gallows tree, ↑gibbet, ↑gallous • Derivationally related forms: ↑gibbet (for: ↑gibbet) • Hypernyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • gallows-tree — noun alternative terms for gallows • Syn: ↑gallows tree, ↑gibbet, ↑gallous • Derivationally related forms: ↑gibbet (for: ↑gibbet) • Hypernyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • gallows tree — a gallows. Also, gallow tree. [bef. 900; ME galwe tree, OE galgtreow, equiv. to galg(a) GALLOWS + treow TREE] * * * …   Universalium

  • gallows tree — gal′lows (or gal′low) tree n. gallows 1) …   From formal English to slang

  • gallows tree — /ˈgæloʊz tri/ (say galohz tree) noun Archaic → gallows (def. 1) …   Australian English dictionary

  • gallows tree — noun see gallows I …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • gallows tree — noun another term for gallows …   English new terms dictionary

  • gallows-tree — Same as gallows …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • gallows tree — wooden frame on which criminals are hung …   English contemporary dictionary

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