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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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 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

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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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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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