Meaning of gallows
Pronunciation: (gal'ōz, -uz), [key]
— pl. -lows•es, -lows.
- a wooden frame, consisting of a crossbeam on two uprights, on which condemned persons are executed by hanging.
- a similar structure from which something is suspended.
- execution by hanging: a crime deserving of the gallows.
- Also calleda support on the deck of a vessel, generally one of two or more, consisting of a crosspiece on two uprights, for spars, boats, etc.
- gallows (Thesaurus)