What does ladder mean?

Definitions for ladderˈlæd ər

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word ladder.

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"

GCIDE

  1. Ladder(n.)

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

  2. Origin: [OE. laddre, AS. hlder, hldder; akin to OFries. hladder, OHG. leitara, G. leiter, and from the root of E. lean, v. 40. See Lean, v. i., and cf. Climax.]

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

  3. Origin: [OE. laddre, AS. hlder, hldder; akin to OFries. hladder, OHG. leitara, G. leiter, and from the root of E. lean, v. 40. See Lean, v. i., and cf. Climax.]

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ladder

    lad′ėr, n. a frame made with steps placed between two upright pieces, by which one may ascend a building, &c.: anything by which one ascends: a gradual rise. [A.S. hlǽder; Ger. leiter.]

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

Anagrams for ladder »

  1. larded

  2. raddle

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ladder in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ladder in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Brendan Francis Behan:

    Courage is the ladder on which all the other virtues mount.

  2. Christine Mumma:

    I understand those shelves were very high, but there was a ladder in that room.

  3. Shawn Evans:

    His feet were on the ladder. The ladder could have slipped; he could have hung himself.

  4. Saint Augustine:

    We make ourselves a ladder out of our vices if we trample the vices themselves underfoot.

  5. Stephen Covey:

    Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.

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