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scaling ladder

a ladder for climbing high walls.
Origin of scaling ladder
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • If necessary, by means of this scaling ladder, he could work entirely from the outside.

    The Lost House Richard Harding Davis
  • Among them was Captain Bate, of the Actaeon, who was killed while about to mount a scaling ladder.

  • Here Joan seized a scaling ladder, and was mounting it herself when an arrow struck and wounded her.

  • At one time, while attacking a small town, he seized a scaling ladder and mounted with the troops.

    Alexander the Great

    Jacob Abbott
  • Then he glided rapidly to the ground, and with the assistance of a dozen ready hands he dragged away the scaling ladder.

    Love-at-Arms Raphael Sabatini
  • Seeing this the Maid seized a scaling ladder, and placing it against the walls started to mount amid a rain of arrows and stones.

    Joan of Arc Lucy Foster Madison
  • At last one scaling ladder was planted upon the bodies of the dead, and hooked firmly on the gunwale of the hoarding.

  • Immediately King Philip once more planted his scaling ladder, but his ally disappeared around the house.

    Chicken Little Jane Lily Munsell Ritchie
  • Jupiter punished his defiance by setting him on fire with lightning on the scaling ladder, and he was burnt to death.

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
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