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NOUN (3)

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;
- Example: "he climbed the career ladder"

3. a row of unravelled stitches;
- Example: "she got a run in her stocking"
[syn: run, ladder, ravel]


VERB (1)

1. come unraveled or undone as if by snagging;
- Example: "Her nylons were running"
[syn: ladder, run]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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, or rope, for ascent and descent, consisting of two side pieces to which are fastened cross strips or rounds forming steps. [1913 Webster] Some the engines play, And some, more bold, mount ladders to the fire. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. That which resembles a ladder in form or use; hence, that by means of which one attains to eminence; as, to climb the corporate ladder. [1913 Webster +PJC] Lowliness is young ambition's ladder. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Fish ladder. See under Fish. Ladder beetle (Zool.), an American leaf beetle (Chrysomela scalaris). The elytra are silvery white, striped and spotted with green; the under wings are rose-colored. It feeds upon the linden tree. Ladder handle, an iron rail at the side of a vertical fixed ladder, to grasp with the hand in climbing. Ladder shell (Zool.), a spiral marine shell of the genus Scalaria. See Scalaria. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

ladder n 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; "she got a run in her stocking" [syn: run, ladder, ravel] v 1: come unraveled or undone as if by snagging; "Her nylons were running" [syn: ladder, run]
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:

Ladder occurs only once, in the account of Jacob's vision (Gen. 28:12).