ladder


lad·der

noun, often attributive \ˈla-dər\

: a device used for climbing that has two long pieces of wood, metal, or rope with a series of steps or rungs between them

: a series of steps or stages by which someone moves up to a higher or better position

: a long hole in a stocking

Full Definition of LADDER

1
:  a structure for climbing up or down that consists essentially of two long sidepieces joined at intervals by crosspieces on which one may step
2
:  something that resembles or suggests a ladder in form or use; especially :  run 11a
3
:  a series of usually ascending steps or stages :  scale <climbing up the corporate ladder>
lad·der·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of LADDER

  1. He was moving up the corporate ladder.
  2. She worked her way up from the lowest rung on the economic ladder.
  3. She got a ladder in her stocking.

Origin of LADDER

Middle English, from Old English hlǣder; akin to Old High German leitara ladder, Old English hlinian to lean — more at lean
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with LADDER

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