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Ladder definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

1. A frame of wood, consisting of two side pieces, connected by rounds inserted in them at suitable distances, and thus forming steps, by which persons may ascend a building, etc.
2. That by which a person ascends or rises; means of ascending; as a ladder made of cords.
Lowliness is young ambition's ladder.
3. Gradual rise; elevation.
Mounting fast towards the top of the ladder ecclesiastical.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: steps consisting of two parallel members connected by rungs; for climbing up or down
2: ascending stages by which somebody or something can progress; "he climbed the career ladder"
3: a row of unravelled stitches; "she got a run in her stocking" [syn: run, ladder, ravel] v
1: come unraveled or undone as if by snagging; "Her nylons were running" [syn: ladder, run]

Merriam Webster's

noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hl?der; akin to Old High German leitara ladder, Old English hlinian to lean more at lean Date: before 12th century 1. a structure for climbing up or down that consists essentially of two long sidepieces joined at intervals by crosspieces on which one may step 2. something that resembles or suggests a ladder in form or use; especially run 11a 3. a series of usually ascending steps or stages ; scale <climbing up the corporate ladder> ladderlike adjective

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. 1 a set of horizontal bars of wood or metal fixed between two uprights and used for climbing up or down. 2 Brit. a vertical strip of unravelled fabric in a stocking etc. resembling a ladder. 3 a a hierarchical structure. b such a structure as a means of advancement, promotion, etc. --v. Brit. 1 intr. (of a stocking etc.) develop a ladder. 2 tr. cause a ladder in (a stocking etc.). Phrases and idioms: ladder-back an upright chair with a back resembling a ladder. ladder-stitch transverse bars in embroidery. ladder tournament a sporting contest with each participant listed and entitled to a higher place by defeating the one above. Etymology: OE hlæd(d)er, ult. f. Gmc: cf. LEAN(1)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Ladder Lad"der, n. [OE. laddre, AS. hl?der, hl?dder; akin to OFries. hladder, OHG. leitara, G. leiter, and from the root of E. lean, v. (?). See Lean, v. i., and cf. Climax.] 1. A frame usually portable, of wood, metal, or rope, for ascent and descent, consisting of two side pieces to which are fastened cross strips or rounds forming steps. Some the engines play, And some, more bold, mount ladders to the fire. --Dryden. 2. That which resembles a ladder in form or use; hence, that by means of which one attains to eminence. Lowliness is young ambition's ladder. --Shak. Fish ladder. See under Fish. Ladder beetle (Zo["o]l.), an American leaf beetle (Chrysomela scalaris). The elytra are silvery white, striped and spotted with green; the under wings are rose-colored. It feeds upon the linden tree. Ladder handle, an iron rail at the side of a vertical fixed ladder, to grasp with the hand in climbing. Ladder shell (Zo["o]l.), a spiral marine shell of the genus Scalaria. See Scalaria.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(ladders) 1. A ladder is a piece of equipment used for climbing up something or down from something. It consists of two long pieces of wood, metal, or rope with steps fixed between them. N-COUNT 2. You can use the ladder to refer to something such as a society, organization, or system which has different levels that people can progress up or drop down. If they want to climb the ladder of success they should be given that opportunity... N-SING: the N, usu with supp 3. A ladder is a hole or torn part in a woman's stocking or tights, where some of the vertical threads have broken, leaving only the horizontal threads. (mainly BRIT; in AM, use run) N-COUNT

Easton's Bible Dictionary

occurs only once, in the account of Jacob's vision (Gen. 28:12).

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia


See SIEGE, 4, (e).

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

To go up the ladder to rest; to be hanged.

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