step·​lad·​der | \ ˈstep-ˌla-dər How to pronounce stepladder (audio) \

Definition of stepladder

: a ladder that has broad flat steps and two pairs of legs connected by a hinge at the top and that opens at the bottom to become freestanding

Examples of stepladder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Just before the parade starts, Chantelle climbs up a small stepladder to address the crowd as the sky begins to darken. Suzanne Van Atten, ajc, 12 Oct. 2013 Barrett defeated Kristopher Prather in the final game of the stepladder tournament, 210-189, to win. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 28 Feb. 2022 As the partisan is climbing a stepladder outside the house to look into the window of this room, the owner returns. Tim Parks, The New York Review of Books, 31 Mar. 2021 Climbing a stepladder can be slightly risky but falling off an extension ladder can send you to the emergency room, says Di Martino. Washington Post, 4 Nov. 2021 For those of us who are even skittish on a stepladder, concern was there from the start of this portrait of an alpinist as a young man. Lisa Kennedy, Variety, 10 Sep. 2021 Upstairs the house has also been extended, adding a primary suite with a spacious terrace in the upper story of the barn, once its hay loft and accessed only by a stepladder. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, 8 July 2021 But recent history suggests that a second-place finish at the Masters isn't necessarily a stepladder to a major title. Jim Souhan, Star Tribune, 11 Apr. 2021 Inside Jack found a little lamp to switch on, clamped to the edge of a stepladder. Elizabeth Mccracken, The Atlantic, 8 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of stepladder

1751, in the meaning defined above

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“Stepladder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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step·​lad·​der | \ ˈstep-ˌla-dər How to pronounce stepladder (audio) \

Kids Definition of stepladder

: a light freestanding ladder with broad flat steps and a hinged frame

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