- Also called jack ladder, pilot ladder. a hanging ladder having ropes or chains supporting wooden or metal rungs or steps.
- any ladderlike arrangement aloft other than one of rattled shrouds.
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Definition for jacob's ladder (2 of 2)
Origin of Jacob's-ladder
British Dictionary definitions for jacob's ladder
Cultural definitions for jacob's ladder
A ladder that Jacob saw in a dream. After he had obtained his brother Esau's birthright and received his father's blessing, he had a vision of the angels of God ascending and descending a ladder that extended from Earth to heaven. God, who stood at the top of the ladder, promised to bless Jacob and his offspring and to bring his descendants into the Promised Land. (See Jacob and Esau.)