ladder

ladder

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English

Alternative forms

  • ledder (dialectal)

Etymology

From Middle English ladder, laddre, from Old English hlǣder, from Proto-Germanic *hlaidrijō (compare Scots ledder, North Frisian ladder, Saterland Frisian Laadere, West Frisian ljedder, Dutch ladder, leer, German Leiter), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱleytro (compare Old Irish clithar (hedge), Umbrian [script needed] (kletram, stretcher)), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱley- (to lean). See lean, which is related to lid.

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈladə/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈlædɚ/, [ˈlæɾɚ]
    • Homophone: latter (in accents with flapping)
  • Rhymes: -ædə(r)
  • Hyphenation: lad‧der

Noun

ladder (plural ladders)

  1. A frame, usually portable, of wood, metal, or rope, used for ascent and descent, consisting of two side pieces to which are fastened rungs (cross strips or rounds acting as steps).
  2. (figuratively) A series of stages by which one progresses to a better position.
  3. (figuratively) The hierarchy or ranking system within an organization, such as the corporate ladder.
  4. (chiefly Britain) A length of unravelled fabric in a knitted garment, especially in nylon stockings; a run.
  5. In the game of go, a sequence of moves following a zigzag pattern and ultimately leading to the capture of the attacked stones.

Usage notes

For stockings touted as resistant to ladders (unraveling), the phrase “ladder resist” is used in the UK. The American equivalent is “run resistant”.

Synonyms

  • (frame for ascent and descent): stepladder
  • (unravelled fabric): run (primarily US)

Derived terms

Translations

Verb

ladder (third-person singular simple present ladders, present participle laddering, simple past and past participle laddered)

  1. To arrange or form into a shape of a ladder.
  2. (chiefly firefighting) To ascend (a building, a wall, etc.) using a ladder.
  3. Of a knitted garment: to develop a ladder as a result of a broken thread.
    • 1993, Sebastian Faulks, Birdsong, London: Hutchinson, ISBN 978-0-09-177373-1; republished as Birdsong: A Novel of Love and War, New York, N.Y.: Vintage Books, June 1997, ISBN 978-0-679-77681-9, page 254:
      He slid his hand up her skirt and murmured in her ear. / "Robert, I've just got dressed. Stop it." [] / He laddered her stocking and smudged her lipstick, but she had time to repair the damage before they went out.

Anagrams

  • Aldred, larded, raddle

Dutch

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈlɑ.dər/
  • Rhymes: -ɑdər

Hyphenation: lad‧der

Noun

ladder f (plural ladders, diminutive laddertje n)

  1. ladder

Derived terms

  • toonladder
  • touwladder

See also

  • sporten

Middle English

Alternative forms

  • (Early ME) læddræ, leaddre, læddre
  • laddre, ladre, leddre, ledder, laddir, lheddre, leddyr

Etymology

From Old English hlǣder, hlædder, from Proto-Germanic *hlaidrijō.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈladər/, /ˈlɛdər/, /ˈlɛːdər/

Noun

ladder (plural laddres or laddren)

  1. ladder (set of portable steps):
    1. (figuratively, religion) A symbolisation of the link from the heavens to the world.
    2. (figuratively, rare) A method or way of achievement consisting of multiple steps.
  2. (rare) A frame for a cart.

Descendants

  • English: ladder
  • Scots: ledder

References

  • “ladder(e (n.)” in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 2018-06-27.

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