Meaning of LADDER in English


— 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.

2. something resembling this.

3. a means of rising, as to eminence: the ladder of success.

4. a graded series of stages or levels in status; a hierarchical order of position or rank: high on the political ladder.

5. Naut. companionway (def. 1).

6. Chiefly Brit. a run in a stocking.


7. to climb or mount by means of a ladder: to ladder a wall.

8. to furnish with a ladder: to ladder a water tower.

9. Chiefly Brit. to cause a run in (a stocking).


10. Chiefly Brit. to get a run, as in a stocking.

11. to gain in popularity or importance: He laddered to the top of his profession.

[ bef. 1000; ME laddre, OE hlaeder; c. G Leiter, D leer (also ladder hleithra tent; orig., something that slopes. See LEAN 1 ]

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