n. pl. gallows or gal·lows·es
a. A device usually consisting of two upright posts supporting a crossbeam from which a noose is suspended and used for execution by hanging; a gallows tree.
b. A similar structure used for supporting or suspending.
2. Execution by hanging: a crime punishable by the gallows.
[Middle English galwes, pl. of galwe, gallows, from Old English gealga, galga.]
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