[ noun ] a platform from which criminals are executed (hanged or beheaded)
Used in print(Frank Getlein and Harold C. Gardiner, S.J., Movies,...)
The unfortunate queen mounted the scaffold ; the headsman swung his axe ; the head dropped off ; end of film .(John Michael Ray, "Rhode Island's Reactions...)
Extraordinary precautions were taken so that no stranger be allowed_in the city and no citizen within the enclosure surrounding the scaffold .