One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A framework at the top or head of something; specifically one at the top of a mine shaft or pit containing winding gear.
2(In a sawmill) a frame of a carriage on which logs sit and are held (rare).
3A framework for holding a person's head immobile.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in William Pain (fl. 1743–1794), writer on architecture.
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