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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]