noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hlǣder; akin to Old High German leitara ladder, Old English hlinian to lean — more at lean Date: before 12th century 1. a structure for climbing up or down that consists essentially of two long sidepieces joined at intervals by crosspieces on which one may step 2. something that resembles or suggests a ladder in form or use; especially run 11a 3. a series of usually ascending steps or stages ; scale <
climbing up the corporate ladder
ladderlike adjective

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  • Ladder — Lad der (l[a^]d d[ e]r), n. [OE. laddre, AS. hl[=ae]der, hl[=ae]dder; akin to OFries. hladder, OHG. leitara, G. leiter, and from the root of E. lean, v. [root]40. See {Lean}, v. i., and cf. {Climax}.] 1. A frame usually portable, of wood, metal,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ladder — (n.) O.E. hlæder ladder, steps, from P.Gmc. *khlaidri (Cf. O.Fris. hledere, M.Du. ledere, O.H.G. leitara, Ger. Leiter), from PIE root *klei to lean (Cf. Gk. klimax ladder; see LEAN (Cf. lean) (v.)). In late O.E …   Etymology dictionary

  • ladder — [lad′ər] n. [ME < OE hlæder, akin to Ger leiter < IE base * k̑lei , to incline, LEAN1] 1. a) a framework consisting of two parallel sidepieces connected by a series of rungs or crosspieces on which a person steps in climbing up or down b)… …   English World dictionary

  • ladder — ► NOUN 1) a structure consisting of a series of bars or steps between two uprights, used for climbing up or down. 2) a hierarchical structure. 3) Brit. a vertical strip of unravelled fabric in tights or stockings. ► VERB Brit. ▪ develop or cause… …   English terms dictionary

  • Ladder — A ladder is a vertical or inclined set of rungs or steps. There are two types: rigid ladders that can be leaned against a vertical surface such as a wall, and rope ladders that are hung from the top. The vertical members of a rigid ladder are… …   Wikipedia

  • ladder — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun 1 piece of equipment for climbing up sth ADJECTIVE ▪ rickety ▪ metal, wooden ▪ long, tall ▪ loft (esp. BrE) …   Collocations dictionary

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  • ladder — (Roget s IV) n. Syn. stairway, step stool, steps, scale; see stairs . Ladders include: stepladder, rope ladder, ship s ladder, stern ladder, accommodation ladder, fireman s scaling ladder, extension ladder, companionway, collapsing ladder,… …   English dictionary for students

  • ladder — lad|der1 S3 [ˈlædə US ər] n [: Old English; Origin: hlAder] 1.) a piece of equipment used for climbing up to or down from high places. A ladder has two bars that are connected by ↑rungs (=short bars that you use as steps) ▪ She climbed up the… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • ladder — ladderless, adj. ladderlike, laddery, adj. /lad euhr/, n. 1. a structure of wood, metal, or rope, commonly consisting of two sidepieces between which a series of bars or rungs are set at suitable distances, forming a means of climbing up or down …   Universalium

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