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
ladderlikeplay \ˈla-dər-ˌlīk\ adjective
Examples of ladder in a Sentence
He was moving up the corporate ladder.
She worked her way up from the lowest rung on the economic ladder.
She got a ladder in her stocking.
Recent Examples of ladder from the Web
The three-time state qualifier continued to climb the ladder in D2, finishing sixth (39.6) as a freshman, third as a sophomore (41-5) and second this season with a mark of 43-8.
The wage hike pulled the bottom rung off of the ladder, in other words.
More than three hours after the fire was reported, ladder trucks continued to pour thousands of gallons of water onto the top of the building, but flames continued to shoot through windows and through the top of the structure.
During the trip to Wisconsin, Trump will see first-hand how critical job training is for workers climbing the ladder to the middle class.
Chris (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), an Irish tennis pro, climbs the British social ladder after befriending Tom (Matthew Goode), an heir to a business fortune, and wooing his sister, Chloe (Emily Mortimer).
Also in that stretch: an unforgettable loss in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl in which Boise State converted a hook-and-ladder play on fourth-and-18 in the final seconds of regulation and won it in overtime on a Statue of Liberty two-point conversion.
Depressed wages at the bottom of the ladder also provide little incentive to work, the White House paper said.
The upstairs is complete with an additional living area and a built in ladder which leads to a fun, third level loft.
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LADDER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ladder for English Language Learners
: 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
LADDER Defined for Kids
Definition of ladder for Students
: 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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