|1.||a portable framework of wood, metal, rope, etc, in the form of two long parallel members connected by several parallel rungs or steps fixed to them at right angles, for climbing up or down|
|2.||any hierarchy conceived of as having a series of ascending stages, levels, etc: the social ladder|
|3.||a. anything resembling a ladder|
|b. (as modifier): ladder stitch|
|4.||chiefly (Brit) Also called: run a line of connected stitches that have come undone in knitted material, esp stockings|
|5.||See ladder tournament|
|6.||chiefly (Brit) to cause a line of interconnected stitches in (stockings, etc) to undo, as by snagging, or (of a stocking) to come undone in this way|
|[Old English hlǣdder; related to Old High German leitara]|
occurs only once, in the account of Jacob's vision (Gen. 28:12).
see bottom of the ladder.