Jacob's ladder
Jacob Ja"cob, n. [Cf. F. Jacob. See 2d {Jack}.] A Hebrew patriarch (son of Isaac, and ancestor of the Jews), who in a vision saw a ladder reaching up to heaven (--Gen. xxviii. 12); -- also called {Israel}. [1913 Webster]

And Jacob said . . . with my staff I passed over this Jordan, and now I am become two bands. --Gen. xxxii. 9, 10. [1913 Webster]

Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel. --Gen. xxxii. 28. [1913 Webster]

{Jacob's ladder}. (a) (Bot.) A perennial herb of the genus {Polemonium} ({Polemonium c[oe]ruleum), having corymbs of drooping flowers, usually blue. Gray}. (b) (Naut.) A rope ladder, with wooden steps, for going aloft. --R. H. Dana, Jr. (c) (Naut.) A succession of short cracks in a defective spar.

{Jacob's membrane}. See {Retina}.

{Jacob's staff}. (a) A name given to many forms of staff or weapon, especially in the Middle Ages; a pilgrim's staff. [Obs.] --Spenser. (b) (Surveying) See under {Staff}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Jacob's Ladder — refers to a ladder to heaven, described in the Book of Genesis, which the biblical patriarch Jacob envisions during his flight from his brother Esau.ourceThe description of Jacob s ladder appears in the Book of Genesis (28:11 19):Jacob left… …   Wikipedia

  • Jacob's ladder — n. 1. Bible the ladder from earth to heaven that Jacob saw in a dream: Gen. 28:12 2. a portable ladder used on ships and having, typically, wooden rungs and rope or wire sides 3. any of several plants (genus Polemonium) of the phlox family, with… …   English World dictionary

  • Jacob's Ladder — Filmdaten Deutscher Titel: Jacob s Ladder – In der Gewalt des Jenseits Originaltitel: Jacob s Ladder Produktionsland: USA Erscheinungsjahr: 1990 Länge: 108 Minuten Originalsprache: Englisch …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Jacob’s Ladder — Filmdaten Deutscher Titel Jacob’s Ladder – In der Gewalt des Jenseits Originaltitel Jacob’s Ladder …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Jacob's Ladder —    A prophetic dream by the patriarch Jacob of a ladder ascending to heaven has given us the term Jacob s ladder. And he dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven, and behold, the angels of God were… …   Dictionary of eponyms

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  • Jacob's-ladder — mėlynasis palemonas statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Palemoninių šeimos dekoratyvinis, vaistinis augalas (Polemonium caeruleum), paplitęs Europoje ir vakarų Azijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Polemonium caeruleum angl. bluejacket; charity; charity… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • Jacob’s ladder — mėlynasis palemonas statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Palemoninių šeimos dekoratyvinis, vaistinis augalas (Polemonium caeruleum), paplitęs Europoje ir vakarų Azijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Polemonium caeruleum angl. bluejacket; charity; charity… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • Jacob’s ladder — palemonas statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Palemoninių (Polemoniaceae) šeimos augalų gentis (Polemonium). atitikmenys: lot. Polemonium angl. Greek valerian; Jacob’s ladder vok. Himmelsleiter; Jakobsleiter; Sperrkraut rus. синюха lenk.… …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

  • Jacob's ladder — noun 1》 a herbaceous plant with blue or white flowers and slender pointed leaves formed in ladder like rows. [Polemonium caeruleum.] 2》 a rope ladder with wooden rungs. Origin C18: with biblical allusion to Jacob s dream of a ladder reaching to… …   English new terms dictionary

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