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ladder

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noun, often attributive lad·der \ˈla-dər\

Simple Definition of ladder

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of ladder

  1. 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. 2 :  something that resembles or suggests a ladder in form or use; especially :  run 11a

  3. 3 :  a series of usually ascending steps or stages :  scale <climbing up the corporate ladder>

ladderlike

play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of ladder in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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

adder, bladder, madder



LADDER Defined for Kids

ladder

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noun lad·der \ˈla-dər\

Definition of ladder for Students

  1. :  a device used for climbing usually consisting of two long pieces of wood, rope, or metal joined at short distances by horizontal pieces on which a person may step





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