Definitions for ladder
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word ladder.
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, ravelverb
a row of unravelled stitches
"she got a run in her stocking"
come unraveled or undone as if by snagging
"Her nylons were running"
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.
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
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.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: hladre , Saxon.
Whose compost is rotten, and carried in time,
And spread as it should be, thrift’s ladder may clime. Thomas Tusser.
Now streets grow throng’d, and busy as by day,
Some run for buckets to the hallow’d quire;
Some cut the pipes, and some the engines play,
And some more bold mount ladders to the fire. Dryden.
I saw a stage erected about a foot and a half from the ground, capable of holding four of the inhabitants with two or three ladders to mount it. Gulliver’s Travels.
Easy in words thy stile, in sense sublime;
’Tis like the ladder in the patriarch’s dream,
Its foot on earth; its height above the skies. Matthew Prior.
Then took she help to her of a servant near about her husband, whom she knew to be of a hasty ambition; and such a one, who wanting true sufficiency to raise him, would make a ladder of any mischief. Philip Sidney, b. ii.
I must climb her window,
The ladder made of cords. William Shakespeare, Two Gent. of Verona.
Northumberland, thou ladder, by the which
My cousin Bolingbroke ascends my throne. William Shakespeare.
Lowliness is young ambition’s ladder,
Whereto the climber upward turns his face. William Shakespeare.
Endow’d with all these accomplishments, we leave him in the full career of success, mounting fast towards the top of the ladder ecclesiastical, which he hath a fair probability to reach. Jonathan Swift.
A ladder is a vertical or inclined set of rungs or steps used for climbing or descending. There are two types: rigid ladders that are self-supporting or that may be leaned against a vertical surface such as a wall, and rollable ladders, such as those made of rope or aluminium, that may be hung from the top. The vertical members of a rigid ladder are called stringers or rails (US) or stiles (UK). Rigid ladders are usually portable, but some types are permanently fixed to a structure, building, or equipment. They are commonly made of metal, wood, or fiberglass, but they have been known to be made of tough plastic.
A ladder is a piece of equipment used for climbing up or down something, which consists of two vertical supports, with a series of horizontal bars or steps between them. These steps or rungs are evenly spaced and are used to ascend or descend safely. Ladders can be made from various materials such as wood, metal, or fiberglass, and can come in various lengths, styles and configurations including straight, extension, step-ladders and others.
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
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.]
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
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
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.
Latter vs. Ladder -- In this Grammar.com article you will learn the differences between the words Latter and Ladder.
British National Corpus
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'ladder' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3656
Rank popularity for the word 'ladder' in Nouns Frequency: #2238
The numerical value of ladder in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of ladder in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
I understand those shelves were very high, but there was a ladder in that room.
Four Lessons on Life 1. Never take down a fence until you know why it was put up. 2. If you get too far ahead of the army, your soldiers may mistake you for the enemy. 3. Don't complain about the bottom rungs of the ladder they helped to get you higher. 4. If you want to enjoy the rainbow, be prepared to endure the storm.
The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man's foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher.
We make ourselves a ladder out of our vices if we trample the vices themselves underfoot.
Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.
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Translations for ladder
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- драбі́ны, ле́свіцаBelarusian
- escala, carreraCatalan, Valencian
- Laufmasche, LeiterGerman
- πόντος, σκάλα, κλίμακαGreek
- ŝtupetaro, dismaŝigo, eskaloEsperanto
- escalera, carreraSpanish
- tikapuut, tikkaat, silmäpakoFinnish
- àradhScottish Gaelic
- escada, escalaGalician
- աստիճան, սանդուղք, փիլաքյանArmenian
- jenjang, tanggaIndonesian
- 梯子, はしごJapanese
- 사닥다리, 사다리Korean
- LeederLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- haazʼéíNavajo, Navaho
- ਪੌੜੀPanjabi, Punjabi
- زينهPashto, Pushto
- stgala, stgeala, scalaRomansh
- ле́стница, стре́лкаRussian
- лестве, љестве, lestve, ljestveSerbo-Croatian
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