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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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 The victory came just a few hours after Svensson and doubles partner Kyle Troup grabbed the title of the Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship by topping Marshall Kent and Bluffton-native E.J. Tackett, 234-205, in the stepladder finals. Lewis Bagley, Indianapolis Star, "Svensson wins 2020 Go Bowling PBA Indianapolis Open, teams with Troup for Doubles championship," 1 Mar. 2020 Scaling Dubai’s Burj Khalifa was like climbing a stepladder next to this. Ron Charles, Washington Post, "Michael Crichton’s classic thriller ‘The Andromeda Strain’ gets a deadly sequel," 12 Nov. 2019 His humble tools—a wooden kitchen spoon, an aluminum stepladder, and a green plastic garbage pail—now have a new home at the museum. Theresa Mcculla, Smithsonian, "Here’s What’s Brewing in the New Smithsonian Beer Collections," 16 Sep. 2019 At the very top of my closet, there’s a secret shelf stacked with at least two dozen pairs, accessible only via stepladder and a bit of physical contortion. Emily Farra, Vogue, "As Fashion Loosens Up, Nothing is More Essential Than an Untucked Shirt," 14 Aug. 2019 She wasn't allowed inside but stood on a stepladder and looked over a gate. CBS News, "Alex Azar says HHS is trying to reunite migrant children at Homestead center "as quickly as possible"," 28 June 2019 Nancy Guigle, a longtime volunteer at the pantry, is still spry enough at age 78 to scale a stepladder to grab canned goods. Greg Trotter,, "Split over plan to expand food stamp work requirements: 'A good thing' or 'a recipe for disaster'," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of stepladder

1751, in the meaning defined above

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“Stepladder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 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


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Kids Definition of stepladder

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

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