Definitions for ladderˈlæd ər
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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
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.
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Rank popularity for the word 'ladder' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3656
Rank popularity for the word 'ladder' in Nouns Frequency: #2238
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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