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companion ladder

noun, Nautical.
an inboard ladder or stair, as in a companionway.
Origin of companion ladder
1820-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The noise, however, only made us hurry him along the faster down the companion-ladder, and out at the port into the boat.

    Salt Water W. H. G. Kingston
  • But how raw and chill it felt as I went up the companion-ladder.

    A Boy's Voyage Round the World The Son of Samuel Smiles
  • They got the man below, Roger taking him on his back down the companion-ladder, while Harry ran for the surgeon.

    Across the Spanish Main Harry Collingwood
  • She had moved towards the companion-ladder, and as she did so, Major Biffin followed her.

    The Bertrams Anthony Trollope
  • He led Adle gently but firmly up the companion-ladder, and in a few minutes the boat from the steamer was alongside.

    Jack Harkaway in New York Bracebridge Hemyng
  • The companion-ladder on ship-board is a product of folk-etymology.

  • He went up the companion-ladder, took his place close to the spot at which the passengers must all leave the vessel, and waited.

    Fenton's Quest M. E. Braddon
  • Still only half awake, I found my way up the companion-ladder.

    A Voyage round the World W.H.G. Kingston
  • The elder lady drew her shawl round her, and, bowing stiffly, they retired one after the other down the companion-ladder.

    Hurricane Hurry W.H.G. Kingston
  • I sprang up the companion-ladder after Jim, who had stepped out on deck.

    Peter Trawl W. H. G. Kingston

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