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English noun: ladder

1. ladder (artifact) steps consisting of two parallel members connected by rungs; for climbing up or down

Broader (hypernym)stairs, steps

Narrower (hyponym)articulated ladder, extension ladder, jack ladder, Jacob's ladder, monkey ladder, pilot ladder, rope ladder, scaling ladder, sea ladder, sea steps, step ladder, stepladder

Part holonymrundle, rung, spoke

2. ladder (state) ascending stages by which somebody or something can progress

SamplesHe climbed the career ladder.

Broader (hypernym)degree, level, point, stage

3. ladder (event) a row of unravelled stitches

SamplesShe got a run in her stocking.

Synonymsravel, run

Broader (hypernym)damage, harm, impairment

English verb: ladder

1. ladder (change) come unraveled or undone as if by snagging

SamplesHer nylons were running.


Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)break, come apart, fall apart, separate, split up

Verb grouprun, unravel

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