What does ladder mean?

Definitions for ladder
ˈlæd ərlad·der

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. laddernoun

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

  2. laddernoun

    ascending stages by which somebody or something can progress

    "he climbed the career ladder"

  3. run, ladder, ravelverb

    a row of unravelled stitches

    "she got a run in her stocking"

  4. ladder, runverb

    come unraveled or undone as if by snagging

    "Her nylons were running"

GCIDE

  1. Laddernoun

    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.

    Etymology: [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. laddernoun

    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.

    Etymology: 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.

  2. laddernoun

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

    Etymology: 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.

  3. laddernoun

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

    Etymology: 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.

  4. laddernoun

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

    Etymology: 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.

  5. ladderverb

    To ascend a building or wall using a ladder.

    Etymology: 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.

  6. ladderverb

    To develop a ladder as a result of a broken thread

    Etymology: 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. Ladderverb

    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

    Etymology: [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.]

  2. Ladderverb

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

    Etymology: [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.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. ladder

    The accommodation ladder is a sort of light staircase occasionally fixed on the gangway. It is furnished with rails and man-ropes; the lower end of it is kept at a proper distance from the ship's side by iron bars or braces to render it more convenient. (See GANGWAY.)--Forecastle-ladder and hold-ladder, for getting into or out of those parts of a ship.--Jacob's ladder, abaft top-gallant masts, where no ratlines are provided.--Quarter or stern ladders. Two ladders of rope, suspended from the right and left side of a ship's stern, whereby to get into the boats which are moored astern.

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

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

Anagrams for ladder »

  1. larded

  2. raddle

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  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

Examples of ladder in a Sentence

  1. Brandon A. Trean:

    Climbing that ladder of social hierarchy is an illusion that deludes any sense of happiness or truth.

  2. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    The right thoughts of the clever man are a ladder which takes you higher places. By climbing these ladders, one day you yourself become such a ladder itself!

  3. Alexious Lee:

    China is expected to climb the autonomous technology ladder very quickly, mainly because Chinese companies can access the local navigation satellite system, which gives them an advantage over their international peers.

  4. Anuj Somany:

    Bigger the bluffer/bootlicker/duffer ; better the chance for that employee to go up the corporate ladder oft faster, attain higher position,remain mostly happier in job/career and often spend a long tenure with a single employer in the private sector.

  5. American Proverb:

    Ambition is putting a ladder against the sky.

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