verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of ladder
Examples from the Web for ladderlike
Historical Examples of ladderlike
A ladderlike stair leading directly from the kitchen takes me into the loft.The Woman Who Toils
Mrs. John Van Vorst and Marie Van Vorst
Her father, in a grotesque crouching posture, was mounting the ladderlike stair.
A ladderlike stair led up from one side of the kitchen, opposite to the single window and the small coal range.
Jimmie Dale's flashlight played on a short, ladderlike stairway, and in an instant he was climbing upward.The Adventures of Jimmie Dale
Frank L. Packard
Ross crawled free and clung dizzily to a ladderlike disembarking structure.The Time Traders
- anything resembling a ladder
- (as modifier)ladder stitch
Word Origin for ladder
Old English hlæder "ladder, steps," from Proto-Germanic *khlaidri (cf. Old Frisian hledere, Middle Dutch ledere, Old High German leitara, German Leiter), from PIE root *klei- "to lean" (cf. Greek klimax "ladder;" see lean (v.)). In late Old English, rungs were læddrestæfæ and the side pieces were ledder steles. The belief that walking under one brings bad luck is attested from 1787, but its origin likely is more pragmatic than symbolic. Ladder-back (adj.) as a type of chair is from 1898.
see bottom of the ladder.