Definitions for ladderˈlæd ər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

lad•derˈlæd ər(n.)

  1. a structure of wood, metal, or rope commonly consisting of two sidepieces between which a series of rungs are set at suitable distances to provide a means of climbing up or down.

  2. a means of rising, as to eminence:

    the ladder of success.

  3. a graded series of stages or levels in status:

    high on the political ladder.

  4. Chiefly Brit. a run in a stocking.

    Category: British

Origin of ladder:

bef. 1000; ME laddre, OE hlǣder, c. MD lēdere, OHG leitara; akin to Go hleithra tent, and to lid , lean1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ladder(noun)

    steps consisting of two parallel members connected by rungs; for climbing up or down

  2. ladder(noun)

    ascending stages by which somebody or something can progress

    "he climbed the career ladder"

  3. run, ladder, ravel(verb)

    a row of unravelled stitches

    "she got a run in her stocking"

  4. ladder, run(verb)

    come unraveled or undone as if by snagging

    "Her nylons were running"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. ladder(noun)ˈlæd ər

    a piece of equipment for climbing to reach high up

    to climb a ladder

  2. ladderˈlæd ər

    a ranking system in the workplace

    to climb the career ladder

Wiktionary

  1. ladder(Noun)

    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.

  2. ladder(Noun)

    That which resembles a ladder in form or use; hence, that by means of which one attains to eminence, e.g. the corporate ladder.

  3. ladder(Noun)

    length of unravelled fabric in a knitted garment, especially in nylon stockings

  4. ladder(Noun)

    In the game of go, a sequence of moves following a zigzag pattern and ultimately leading to the capture of the attacked stones.

  5. ladder(Verb)

    To ascend a building or wall using a ladder.

  6. ladder(Verb)

    To develop a ladder as a result of a broken thread

  7. Origin: hlæder, from hlaidriz (compare West Frisian ljedder, Dutch leer, German Leiter), from ḱleytro (compare Old Irish clithar 'hedge', Umbrian 'stretcher'), from ḱley-. More at lean, related to lid.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ladder(verb)

    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

  2. Ladder(verb)

    that which resembles a ladder in form or use; hence, that by means of which one attains to eminence

Freebase

  1. Ladder

    A ladder is a vertical or inclined set of rungs or steps. There are two types: rigid ladders that can be leaned against a vertical surface such as a wall, and rope ladders that are hung from the top. The vertical members of a rigid ladder are called stringers or rails or stiles. Rigid ladders are usually portable, but some types are permanently fixed to buildings. They are commonly made of metal, wood, or fibreglass, but they have been known to be made of tough plastic.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ladder' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3656

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ladder' in Nouns Frequency: #2238


Translations for ladder

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

ladder(noun)

a set of rungs or steps between two long supports, for climbing up or down

She was standing on a ladder painting the ceiling; the ladder of success.

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