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definition of the word ladder

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A ladder.

Old English hlǣder, from Proto-Germanic *hlaidrjā, from *hlai- (lean), from Proto-Indo-European *klī-. Cognate with Dutch leer, German Leiter; compare Ancient Greek κλῖμαξ (ladder).

Singular
ladder

Plural
ladders

ladder (plural ladders)

  1. A frame usually portable, of wood, metal, or rope, for ascent and descent, consisting of two side pieces to which are fastened cross strips or rounds forming steps.
  2. That which resembles a ladder in form or use; hence, that by means of which one attains to eminence, e.g. the corporate ladder.
  3. A length of unravelled fabric in a knitted garment, especially in nylon stockings


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