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scaling ladder

a ladder for climbing high walls.
Origin of scaling ladder
1350-1400; Middle English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Quirk ran up on the scaling-ladder to the fourth floor, hung it on the sill above, and got the boys and their sister down.

  • Alençon was already following his leader up a scaling-ladder.

    Joan of Arc Laura E. Richards
  • Joan took a scaling-ladder, set it against the rampart, and was the first to mount.

    A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
  • Through the darkness loomed the top rungs of a scaling-ladder and the steel cap of a rebel pikeman.

    The Young Cavalier Percy F. Westerman
  • At one stage of the attack she took a scaling-ladder, set it against the rampart, and was the first to mount.

  • A significant shaking of the little curtain at the foot of the berth showed that it was being used as a scaling-ladder.

    Russia Donald Mackenzie Wallace
  • In their attack they advanced under cover of the arrows of the bowmen, and instantly applied the scaling-ladder to the ramparts.

  • The trees were to be placed against the face of the rock, and in fact were not a bad imitation of a scaling-ladder.

  • He was thinking of a scaling-ladder, when the young woman reappeared at the open door, and bade him enter.

  • Without a scaling-ladder Patroclus "thrice clomb on the corner of the lofty wall," and was only thrust back by Apollo.

    The World of Homer Andrew Lang
British Dictionary definitions for scaling-ladder

scaling ladder

a ladder used to climb high walls, esp one used formerly to enter a besieged town, fortress, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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