An elevated temporary platform is called a scaffold. The scaffold is used because it is much safer and efficient to have workers and their materials on a platform than scrambling up and down ladders all day.

A scaffold is also the platform on which criminals used to be executed publicly by hanging or beheading. If you watch a lot of swashbuckler movies, you'll have seen depictions of a helpless person being threatened with beheading by a villain on a scaffold in a crowded square. Suddenly, out of the crowd a hero appears and saves the day, after which they ride off into the sunset.

Definitions of scaffold

n a temporary arrangement erected around a building for convenience of workers

Type of:
an orderly grouping (of things or persons) considered as a unit; the result of arranging

n a platform from which criminals are executed (hanged or beheaded)

Type of:
a raised horizontal surface

v provide with a scaffold for support

scaffold the building before painting it”
Type of:
hold, hold up, support, sustain
be the physical support of; carry the weight of

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.