ladder

ladder
n. & v.
—n.
1 a set of horizontal bars of wood or metal fixed between two uprights and used for climbing up or down.
2 Brit. a vertical strip of unravelled fabric in a stocking etc. resembling a ladder.
3 a a hierarchical structure. b such a structure as a means of advancement, promotion, etc.
—v. Brit.
1 intr. (of a stocking etc.) develop a ladder.
2 tr. cause a ladder in (a stocking etc.).
Phrases and idioms:
ladder-back an upright chair with a back resembling a ladder. ladder-stitch transverse bars in embroidery. ladder tournament a sporting contest with each participant listed and entitled to a higher place by defeating the one above.
Etymology: OE hlaeligd(d)er, ult. f. Gmc: cf. LEAN(1)

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