ladder

1 noun (C)
1 a piece of equipment for climbing a wall, the side of a building etc, consisting of two long pieces of wood, metal, or rope, joined to each other by rungs (=steps)
-see also: rope ladder, stepladder
2 a series of jobs by which you gradually become more important within an organization: clerical workers on the bottom rung of the ladder
3 BrE a long thin hole in knitted knit (1) clothing, stockings or tights where stitches have broken; run 2 (19) AmE
4 a list of players of a game such as squash or tennis who play each other regularly in order to decide who is the best
-see also: snakes and ladders 2 verb (I, T) BrE if a stocking (1) or a pair of tights (1) ladders or is laddered, a long thin hole is made in them; run 2 (19) AmE

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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