ladder meaning

[ 'lædə ] Pronunciation:   "ladder" in a sentence
  • Noun: ladder  ladu(r)
    1. Steps consisting of two parallel members connected by rungs; for climbing up or down 
    2. Ascending stages by which somebody or something can progress
      "he climbed the career ladder" 
    3. A row of unravelled stitches
      - run, ravel
    Verb: ladder  ladu(r)
    1. Come unraveled or undone as if by snagging
      - run

    Derived forms: ladders, laddering, laddered

    Type of: break, come apart, damage, degree, fall apart, harm, impairment, level, point, separate, split up, stage, stairs, steps

    Encyclopedia: Ladder

  • [Architecture]

    A frame, usually of wood or metal, consisting of two side pieces (called “stiles”) which are connected by crosspieces, usually round (called “rungs”); used as a means of climbing up or down.

  • [Business]
    noun [C, usually sing.]


    a series of stages by which sb/sth makes progress:

    She worked her way up the ladder to become CEO.

    climbing the technology ladder

    If customers don't know you exist you haven't even reached the bottom rung

    (= step) of the marketing ladder.


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  1. she fell off a ladder and broke her arm.
  2. the ladder is leaning up against the wall.
  3. have you any tights that wo n't ladder?
  4. i got a ladder from the shed.
  5. he lost his balance and fell from the ladder ..

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