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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 gal·lows /ˈgæ(ˌ)loz, ləz, ||ləs/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Gal·lows n. sing.; pl. Gallowses or 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.
    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.]
 3. Print. The rest for the tympan when raised.
 4. pl. 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 tree, or Gallow tree, the gallows.
    At length him nailéd on a gallow tree.   --Spenser.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : instrument of execution consisting of a wooden frame from
          which condemned persons are executed by hanging [syn: gallows
          tree, gallows-tree, gibbet, gallous]

From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

    Heb. 'ets, meaning "a tree" (Esther 6:4), a post or gibbet. In
    Gen. 40:19 and Deut. 21:22 the word is rendered "tree."