Definitions for ladderˈlæd ər
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
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.
a means of rising, as to eminence:
the ladder of success.
a graded series of stages or levels in status:
high on the political ladder.
Chiefly Brit. a run in a stocking.
Origin of ladder:
bef. 1000; ME laddre, OE hlǣder, c. MD lēdere, OHG leitara; akin to Go hleithra tent, and to lid , lean1
steps consisting of two parallel members connected by rungs; for climbing up or down
ascending stages by which somebody or something can progress
"he climbed the career ladder"
run, ladder, ravel(verb)
a row of unravelled stitches
"she got a run in her stocking"
come unraveled or undone as if by snagging
"Her nylons were running"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
a piece of equipment for climbing to reach high up
to climb a ladder
a ranking system in the workplace
to climb the career ladder
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.
That which resembles a ladder in form or use; hence, that by means of which one attains to eminence, e.g. the corporate ladder.
length of unravelled fabric in a knitted garment, especially in nylon stockings
In the game of go, a sequence of moves following a zigzag pattern and ultimately leading to the capture of the attacked stones.
To ascend a building or wall using a ladder.
To develop a ladder as a result of a broken thread
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.
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
that which resembles a ladder in form or use; hence, that by means of which one attains to eminence
Translations for ladder
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
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.
- подвижна стълбаBulgarian
- escadaPortuguese (BR)
- žebřík, žebříčekCzech
- die LeiterGerman
- escalera (de mano)Spanish
- kopėčios, laipteliai, trapasLithuanian
- (pieslienamās) kāpnesLatvian
- ،زينه نردبانPersian
- el merdiveni, seyyar merdivenTurkish
- 梯子Chinese (Trad.)
- cái thangVietnamese
- 梯子Chinese (Simp.)
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