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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.]