What does ladder mean?

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ˈlæd ərlad·der

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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.

    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. 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.

    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. 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.

    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. ladder(Noun)

    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. 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.

    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. ladder(Verb)

    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. ladder(Verb)

    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. 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

    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. Ladder(verb)

    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.

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

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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

Examples of ladder in a Sentence

  1. Musin Almat Zhumabekovich:

    The evolutionary ladder of lies, lies - this is a jetpack in the ladder of social status, and people seem so small this gives rise to misanthropy and sociopathy. Honest people are homeless people or corpses. In the evolution of monopoly by self-interest and profit, only the manipulative lies of populism and marketing, the acting of hypocritical greed, are being improved. Lying is the daughter of greed. Lies turn us into atheists, immerse in skepticism all the brightest and most beautiful. Author: Musin Almat Zhumabekovich

  2. Jose Wolfman Guillen:

    You can grab onto the struts and landing gear assembly kind of like a ladder, and you just jump on the tire and climb into the wheel well.

  3. Abderrahman Hassi:

    Knowledge is a three-level ladder. When people reach the first level, they feel arrogant; when they reach the second level, they become humble; when they reach the last level, they know that they know nothing.

  4. Mwanandeke Kindembo:

    Skipping the basic methods will cost you more at the top than following the full process of doing things while you are still at the bottom of the ladder

  5. 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!

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