ladder


ladder
lad|der1 S3 [ˈlædə US -ər] n
[: Old English; Origin: hlAder]
1.) a piece of equipment used for climbing up to or down from high places. A ladder has two bars that are connected by ↑rungs (=short bars that you use as steps)
She climbed up the ladder .
He hurt himself falling off a ladder .
2.) a series of levels which someone moves up and down within an organization, profession, or society
career/corporate ladder
Stevens slowly worked his way up the corporate ladder.
Becoming a doctor would be a step up the social ladder .
the first step on the ladder of success
3.) BrE a long thin hole in ↑stockings or ↑tights where some stitches have broken
American Equivalent: run
Yes, I know I've got a ladder in my tights.
ladder 2
ladder2 v [I and T]
BrE if ↑stockings or ↑tights ladder, or if you ladder them, a long thin hole is made in them because some stitches have broken
American Equivalent: run

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