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GAL'LOWS, n. singular. [Gallows is in the singular number and should be preceded by a, a gallows. The plural is gallowses.]

1. An instrument of punishment whereon criminals are executed by hanging. It consists of two posts and a cross beam on the top, to which the criminal is suspended by a rope fastened round his neck.

2. A wretch that deserves the gallows. [Not used.]



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GAL'LOWS, n. singular. [Gallows is in the singular number and should be preceded by a, a gallows. The plural is gallowses.]

1. An instrument of punishment whereon criminals are executed by hanging. It consists of two posts and a cross beam on the top, to which the criminal is suspended by a rope fastened round his neck.

2. A wretch that deserves the gallows. [Not used.]

GAL'LOWS, n. singular. [Sax. galg, gealga; Goth. galga; G. galgen; D. galg; Sw. galge; Dan. id. Gallows is in the singular number, and should be preceded by a, a gallows. The plural is gallowses.]

  1. An instrument of punishment on which criminals are executed by hanging. It consists of two posts and a cross beam on the top, to which the criminal is suspended by a rope fastened round his neck.
  2. A wretch that deserves the gallows. [Not used.] Shak.
  3. A pair of pantaloon suspenders.

Gal"lows
  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.

    So they hanged Haman on the gallows. Esther vii. 10.

    If I hang, I'll make a fat pair of gallows. Shak.

    O, there were desolation of gaolers and gallowses! Shak.

  2. A wretch who deserves the gallows.

    [R.] Shak.
  3. The rest for the tympan when raised.
  4. A pair of suspenders or braces.

    [Colloq.]

    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, or Gallow tree, the gallows.

    At length him nailéd on a gallow tree. Spenser.

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Gallows

GAL'LOWS, noun singular. [Gallows is in the singular number and should be preceded by a, a gallows The plural is gallowses.]

1. An instrument of punishment whereon criminals are executed by hanging. It consists of two posts and a cross beam on the top, to which the criminal is suspended by a rope fastened round his neck.

2. A wretch that deserves the gallows [Not used.]

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SUCH, a.

1. Of that kind; of the like kind. We never saw such a day; we have never had such a time as the present.

It has as before the thing to which it relates. Give your children such precepts as tend to make them wiser and better.

It is to be noted that the definitive adjective a, never precedes such, but is placed between it and the noun to which it refers; as such a man; such an honor.

2. The same that. This was the state of the kingdom at such time as the enemy landed.

3. The same as what has been mentioned.

That thou art happy, owe to God;

That thou continu'st such, owe to thyself.

4. Referring to what has been specified. I have commanded my servant to be at such a place.

5. Such and such, is used in reference to a person or place of a certain kind.

The sovereign authority may enact a law, commanding such and such an action.

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FOOT'STEP, n.

1. A track; the mark or impression of the foot.

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1. Footsteps, plural, example; as, follow the footsteps of good men.

2. Way; course. Ps. 78.

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