• Jack-Ladder, with Endless Chain. Mill in raised position for large log
    Jack-Ladder, with Endless Chain. Mill in raised position for large log
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v ladder come unraveled or undone as if by snagging "Her nylons were running"
    • n ladder steps consisting of two parallel members connected by rungs; for climbing up or down
    • n ladder a row of unravelled stitches "she got a run in her stocking"
    • n ladder ascending stages by which somebody or something can progress "he climbed the career ladder"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Two-Story Mill at Virginia, Minnesota, Showing Jack-Ladders and Consumer Two-Story Mill at Virginia, Minnesota, Showing Jack-Ladders and Consumer
A man on a ladder looks through a roof opening A man on a ladder looks through a roof opening

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ladder 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. "Some the engines play,
      And some, more bold, mount ladders to the fire."
    • Ladder That which resembles a ladder in form or use; "Lowliness is young ambition's ladder ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ladder A frame of wood, metal, or rope, usually portable, and consisting essentially of two side-pieces connected at suitable distances by cross-pieces, generally in the form of rounds or rungs, forming steps by which, when the frame is properly set, a person may ascend a height. A ladder differs from a stair in that it has treads, but no risers. There are many forms of ladders, adapted to different uses, as the step-ladder, standing-ladder, companion-ladder, collapsing-ladder, scaliny ladder, etc. A firemen's scaling-ladder is now used consisting of one pole only with steps on each side and a large barbed hook at the top. In use, the hook is caught in a window-sill, the fireman climbs to the window by the pole, and then raises it to the next window, and so on.
    • n ladder Figuratively, any means of ascending; a means of rising to eminence.
    • n ladder In logic, a figure illustrating the theory of the old logic concerning the relations of genera, differences, and species
    • n ladder Nautical See Jacob's-ladder, 1.
    • n ladder A series of buckets for dredging and filling which are carried up and down an incline; a bucket-conveyer.
    • n ladder In railroads, a track which connects by switches the ends of a series of parallel tracks and is used in sorting cars in a drill-yard. See drill-yard.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ladder lad′ėr a frame made with steps placed between two upright pieces, by which one may ascend a building, &c.: anything by which one ascends: a gradual rise.
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  • Clare Boothe Luce
    “Courage is the ladder on which all the other virtues mount.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The toughest part of getting to the top of the ladder, is getting through the crowd at the bottom.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Humility is the ladder to divine understanding.”
  • George Eliot
    “There are some cases in which the sense of injury breeds -- not the will to inflict injuries and climb over them as a ladder, but -- a hatred of all injury.”
  • Stephen R. Covey
    “Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.”
  • Paul J. Meyer
    Paul J. Meyer
    “Mistakes are merely steps up the ladder.”


Kick away the ladder - If someone kicks away the ladder, they remove something that was supporting or helping someone.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. laddre, AS. hlǣder, hlǣdder,; akin to OFries. hladder, OHG. leitara, G. leiter, and from the root of E. lean, v. √40. See Lean (v. i.), and cf. Climax
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hlǽder; Ger. leiter.


In literature:

The doors were opened, and the head steward helped them down the ladder.
"Dikes and Ditches" by Oliver Optic
Such a comical ladder as this will make the papering of our walls a very slow affair.
"The Crown of Success" by Charlotte Maria Tucker
They tie cross pieces of wood from one tree to the other, and thus make a sort of step-ladder, by which they ascend to the fruit.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
Frank came scuttling down the ladder.
"Boy Scouts in the North Sea" by G. Harvey Ralphson
His foot was on the ladder that led to success; and he did not mean to stay at the bottom.
"Brandon of the Engineers" by Harold Bindloss
There was a shuffling footstep on the ladder outside.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
To reach this there was but one means, a slender ladder of rope.
"Panther Eye" by Roy J. Snell
In a jiffy I was on my way and in another jiffy I was there, standing on the second from the top rung of the ladder.
"Shenanigans at Sugar Creek" by Paul Hutchens
And the painters fastened the end of one of the ropes to one end of a ladder, and the end of another rope to the other end of the ladder.
"The Doers" by William John Hopkins
Constans could see that his ladder was still in place on the wall; his path of retreat was open.
"The Doomsman" by Van Tassel Sutphen

In poetry:

A vision in his dreams appeared!
Angels were stepping to and fro
Upon a ladder which, upreared,
Aided their ministry below.
"Alone" by Nancy Rebecca Campbell Glass
But well for him whose foot hath trod
The weary road of toil and strife,
Yet from the sorrows of his life.
Builds ladders to be nearer God.
"Tristitiae" by Oscar Wilde
And five and five, like a mason-gang,
That carried the ladders lang and hie;
And five and five, like broken men;
And so they reached the Woodhouselee.
"Kinmont Willie" by Andrew Lang
We crept on knees, and held our breath,
Till we placed the ladders against the wa;
And sae ready was Buccleuch himsell
To mount she first, before us a'.
"Kinmont Willie" by Andrew Lang
No man alive can scale the heav'ns on high,
Which far above the lunar regions lie,
Unless he does the Patriarch's ladder take,
Jesus I mean, the bold attempt to make.
"Advice, To Search For The Lord Jesus Christ" by Rees Prichard
God doth not forget in the battle, the retreat;
The heart of Love's above the dying and the slain.
There's a ladder to the skies and, armed from Paradise,
The angels walk with men.
"The Comrades" by Katharine Tynan

In news:

Township awarded $700,000 grant for new ladder truck .
Truck's ladder has longer reach than city's current vehicles.
Missouri Ladder Truck Struck While Leaving Scene.
Laramie County District #2 Ladder Truck (Amy Richards/TSM).
Laramie County Fire District #2 personnel began training on their recently acquired ladder truck .
Thanks to the Tinley Park Fire Department Association, only half of the funds for a ladder truck will come from village tax coffers.
Fire association splits cost of new ladder truck for Tinley Park.
ZFD Gets New Ladder Truck .
A brand new 105-foot ladder truck rolled into town on Monday evening, from Pierce Manufacturing out of Wisconsin.
On Monday Zanesville City Council accepted a federal grant to help pay for a new ladder truck for the fire department.
Ladder truck has arrived.
Ladder truck is 'Pride of Park Avenue.
Firefighter Berndt Bittlingmaier raises the ladder on the Bremerton Fire Department's new ladder truck , housed in the recently opened Park Avenue station downtown.
Mount Olive gets ladder truck .
The Naples Fire Department recently placed in service a new Pierce 105' ladder truck .

In science:

This novel formulation is applied to the calculation of RH in quasi-one dimensional and ladder prototype interacting electron systems.
Reactive Hall response
The Elementary Zfuncs form the last step on the ladder to the calculation of the different Z functions.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
We study antiferromagnetic two-leg spin-1/2 ladders with strong bond randomness, using the real space renormalization group method.
Thermodynamics of strongly disordered spin ladders
In the present paper we study a twoleg AF spin-1/2 ladder with strong bond randomness, using the RSRG.
Thermodynamics of strongly disordered spin ladders
We find the thermodynamics of the two-leg spin ladder remains non-universal, and the spin-spin correlation remains short-ranged, even in the strong-randomness limit.
Thermodynamics of strongly disordered spin ladders