- ledder (dialectal)
From Middle English laddere, laddre, from Old English hlǣder, from Proto-Germanic *hlaidrijō (compare Scots ledder, North Frisian ladder, Saterland Frisian Laadere, West Frisian ljedder, Dutch ladder, leer, German Leiter), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱleytro (compare Old Irish clithar (“hedge”), Umbrian [script needed] (kletram, “stretcher”)), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱley- (“to lean”). See lean, which is related to lid.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈladə/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈlædɚ/, [ˈlæɾɚ]
- Homophone: latter
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- Rhymes: -ædə(r)
- Hyphenation: lad‧der
ladder (plural ladders)
- A frame, usually portable, of wood, metal, or rope, used for ascent and descent, consisting of two side pieces to which are fastened rungs (cross strips or rounds acting as steps).
- (figuratively) A series of stages by which one progresses to a better position.
2011 January 8, Paul Fletcher, “Stevenage 3 - 1 Newcastle”, in BBC:
- Newcastle had won both their previous fixtures in 2011 but were terribly disappointing at Broadhall Way against opponents 73 places below them in the footballing ladder.
- (chiefly Britain) A length of unravelled fabric in a knitted garment, especially in nylon stockings; a run.
- In the game of go, a sequence of moves following a zigzag pattern and ultimately leading to the capture of the attacked stones.
For stockings touted as resistant to ladders, the phrase “ladder resist” is used in the UK. The American equivalent is “run resistant”.
- (firefighting) To ascend a building or wall using a ladder.
- (of a knitted garment) To develop a ladder as a result of a broken thread.
- Oh damn it, I've laddered my tights!