aerial ladder

noun

: a mechanically operated extensible ladder usually mounted on a fire truck

Examples of aerial ladder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web TikTok videos show car in building, firefighter jumping on it Videos began circulating Thursday on social media that both showed a blue sedan trapped in the building and a firefighter dislodging the vehicle by jumping on it from an aerial ladder. USA TODAY, 5 Apr. 2024 The officials then deployed an aerial ladder to create a pulley system with a safety rope to rescue the tractor’s driver. Charna Flam, Peoplemag, 2 Mar. 2024 Firefighters used an aerial ladder and rigged up a pulley system and a safety rope for the driver. Cara Tabachnick, CBS News, 1 Mar. 2024 Firefighters from seven pumpers, two brush trucks and an aerial ladder truck were on scene battling the blaze shortly after 3 p.m., according to PulsePoint, an app that allows people to view calls firefighters and emergency medical services have responded to. Robert A. Cronkleton, Kansas City Star, 23 Feb. 2024 Crews set up an aerial ladder, secured the woman into a basket and safely removed her from the silo. Abigail Celaya, The Arizona Republic, 16 Aug. 2023 Crews battled the flames from multiple angles, shooting water from aerial ladder trucks and dousing the sides of the building with hoses. Adam Sennott, BostonGlobe.com, 3 June 2023 Firefighters found an adjacent warehouse was burning, found no one inside and used ladder pipes — aerial ladders with pre-piped waterways — to flow water on the building, the department said. Vonnai Phair, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Mar. 2023 Hose reel jets & aerial ladder platform in use. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 3 Mar. 2022

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'aerial ladder.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1904, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aerial ladder was in 1904

Dictionary Entries Near aerial ladder

Cite this Entry

“Aerial ladder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aerial%20ladder. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!