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ladder

noun uk   /ˈlæd.ər/  us   //

ladder noun (EQUIPMENT)

B1 [C] a piece of equipment used for climbing up and down, that consists of two vertical bars or pieces of rope joined to each other by a set of horizontal steps: She was up a ladder, cleaning the window.
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ladder noun (SERIES OF STAGES)

C1 [S] a series of increasingly important jobs or stages in a particular type of work or process: Once he started at Paramount in 1967, he moved rapidly up the corporate ladder. a first rung/step on the employment ladder

ladder noun (HOLE)

[C] UK (US run) a long, vertical hole in a pair of tights or a stocking

ladder noun (COMPETITION)

[C] mainly UK (also ladder tournament) (in particular sports) a system in which all the players who play regularly are given a position in a list and can improve their position by beating other players in that list: a squash ladder

ladder

verb [I or T] uk   /ˈlæd.ər/  us   // UK
(US run) If a pair of tights or a stocking ladders or if you ladder it, a long hole appears in it: Damn! That's the second pair of tights I've laddered today!
Translations of “ladder”
in Arabic سُلَّم…
in Korean 사다리…
in Malaysian tangga, bahagian yang carik…
in French échelle…
in Turkish seyyar merdiven…
in Italian scala a pioli…
in Chinese (Traditional) 設施, 梯子…
in Russian лестница…
in Polish drabina…
in Vietnamese cái thang, lỗi trong chiếc bít tất do đan…
in Spanish escalera (de mano), carrera…
in Portuguese escada…
in Thai บันได, ลุ่ย…
in German die Leiter, die Laufmasche…
in Catalan escala de mà…
in Japanese はしご…
in Indonesian tangga, cacat pada rajutan…
in Chinese (Simplified) 设施, 梯子…
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