ladder


ladder
[[t]læ̱də(r)[/t]]
ladders
1) N-COUNT A ladder is a piece of equipment used for climbing up something or down from something. It consists of two long pieces of wood, metal, or rope with steps fixed between them.
2) N-SING: the N, usu with supp You can use ladder to refer to something such as a society, organization, or system which has different levels that people can progress up or drop down.

If they want to climb the ladder of success they should be given that opportunity...

She admired her mother's sister for moving up the social ladder.

3) N-COUNT A ladder is a hole or torn part in a woman's stocking or tights, where some of the vertical threads have broken, leaving only the horizontal threads. [mainly BRIT]

Her hair was a mess and there was a ladder in her tights.

(in AM, use run)

English dictionary. 2008.

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