stepladder

[step-lad-er]
noun
  1. a ladder having flat steps or treads in place of rungs.
  2. any ladder, especially a tall one with a hinged frame opening up to form four supporting legs.

Origin of stepladder

First recorded in 1745–55; step + ladder
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stepladder

noun
  1. a folding portable ladder that is made of broad flat steps fixed to a supporting frame hinged at the top to another supporting frame
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Word Origin and History for stepladder
n.

one with steps instead of rungs, 1751, from step (n.) + ladder.

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