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 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, "Signs of greatness for Will Zalatoris — and an ominous sign, too," 11 Apr. 2021 Inside Jack found a little lamp to switch on, clamped to the edge of a stepladder. Elizabeth Mccracken, The Atlantic, "The Irish Wedding," 8 Apr. 2021 Bach stormed through the stepladder bracket, shooting 265 and 239 to defeat local rivals Kaylee Hitt of Campbell County and Ranelle Ulanday of Cooper. James Weber, The Enquirer, "Northern Kentucky bowlers sweep girls state championships," 24 Mar. 2021 Manual’s Darius Brown also reached the stepladder finals and finished fourth after losing 220-211 to Russell County’s Nick Blakey. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "St. X's Cambron wins state bowling title; Manual boys finish as state runners-up," 23 Mar. 2021 Special to The Courier Journal NEW CASTLE, Ky. – One by one, the Oldham County High School Colonels took turns going up the stepladder to snip a piece of the net inside Henry County's gym. Steve Bittenbender, The Courier-Journal, "Senior-led Oldham County set to take its hot shooters to Rupp Arena for KHSAA Sweet 16," 30 Mar. 2021 Andrew Ketron, Cooper – The No. 4 seed reached the KHSAA Region 6 final boys singles stepladder match, bowing to the previous athlete of the week winner Dylan Inyart of Ryle. Melanie Laughman, The Enquirer, "Enquirer names Greater Cincinnati high school athletes of the week, March 19," 20 Mar. 2021 Edney climbed a stepladder, snipped the net and collected a piece for himself. Gene Wojciechowski, Los Angeles Times, "UCLA’s 1995 NCAA title MVP? Take it from Ed O’Bannon, it was Tyus Edney," 6 Apr. 2020 Among the items which do not qualify for tax-free purchase are batteries for automobiles, boats and other motorized vehicles; camping stoves and camping supplies; chainsaws; plywood; extension ladders and stepladders; and tents. Roy Kent, Houston Chronicle, "Emergency supplies sales tax holiday slated for April 25-27 in Texas," 14 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of stepladder

1751, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of stepladder was in 1751

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16 Apr 2021

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“Stepladder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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 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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