step·​lad·​der | \ˈstep-ˌla-dər \

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

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The Players Championship telecast will be the first of two ESPN stepladder shows on Feb. 25. Dennis Manoloff,, "PBA Tour 2018: Live scores from Players Championship stepladder finals," 25 Feb. 2018 Everett Reynolds, a 23-year-old Waukegan resident, stood on a stepladder, adding detail and depth to one of the boy’s hands. Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Artist behind Ray Bradbury mural in Waukegan hopes his work will inspire kids who don't have access to art," 13 July 2018 Meanwhile, a man named Andreas was standing on a stepladder completely costumed and covered from head to toe. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "This Fourth of July, Let’s Remember the Symbolism of Freedom Behind Lady Liberty’s Green Robe," 4 July 2018 At cycling events participants often stand on a footstool or stepladder to load and unload their bikes. Ken Van Vechten,, "Taking your bike on a road trip? Here's what you need to know about racks," 24 June 2018 The top quarter head to the semifinal round at 10 a.m. Monday, with the final five advancing to the stepladder finals at 3 p.m. The pros will host a free youth clinic from 3-6 p.m. Sunday. Rick Armstrong, Aurora Beacon-News, "Armstrong: Pro bowling's stars, hosted by Sean Rash of Montgomery, coming out to Parkside Lanes," 23 June 2018 Then six more games produced four bowlers who competed in a stepladder format, resulting in McCarthy's win. Gentry Estes, The Courier-Journal, "Pro bowling came to Louisville and showed us how good they really are," 11 June 2018 Keagan Trexler, Hamilton Heights Trexler qualified second at the state finals and won her two stepladder matches to become the state champion. Matthew Vantryon, Indianapolis Star, "2018 IndyStar Sports Awards winter sports nominees," 23 Mar. 2018 Babies wait for no one, not even a crowd of wellwishers and a massive media mob gathered in the narrow street outside the door, with their whirring cameras and clanking stepladders and shouting and cheering and applauding. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "How does Duchess Kate do it? From giving birth to camera-ready in heels in under 8 hours," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of stepladder

1751, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of stepladder

: a ladder that has wide, flat steps and two pairs of legs which are connected at the top and that opens at the bottom so that it can stand without being attached to or supported by something else


step·​lad·​der | \ˈstep-ˌla-dər \

Kids Definition of stepladder

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

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