Pronunciation: (gal'ōz, -uz),[key] —n., —pl.-lows•es, -lows. 1. a wooden frame, consisting of a crossbeam on two uprights, on which condemned persons are executed by hanging.
2. a similar structure from which something is suspended.
3. execution by hanging: a crime deserving of the gallows. 4. Also called gal'lows bitts".Naut.a support on the deck of a vessel, generally one of two or more, consisting of a crosspiece on two uprights, for spars, boats, etc.