ldoce_192_bladderlad‧der1 /ˈlædə $ -ər/ ●●●S3 noun [countable]1Da piece of equipment used for climbing up to or down from high places. A ladder has two bars that are connected by rungs (=short bars that you use as steps)She climbed up the ladder.He hurt himself falling off a ladder. →Snakes and Ladders, rope ladder, stepladder2UPa series of levels which someone moves up and down within an organization, profession, or societycareer/corporate ladderStevens slowly worked his way up the corporate ladder.Becoming a doctor would be a step up the social ladder.the first step on the ladder of success3British EnglishTEAR a long thinhole in stockings or tights where some stitches have brokensyn run American EnglishYes, I know I’ve got a ladder in my tights.COLLOCATIONSverbsclimb (up/down) a ladderHe climbed the ladder up to the diving platform.go up/down a ladderBe careful going down the ladder!come up/down a ladderDickson came up the ladder from the engine room.descend a ladder formal (=climb down)He closed the hatch and descended the ladder.fall off a ladderOne of the builders fell off a ladder and broke his leg.phrasesa rung of a ladder (=the part you put your foot on)The first rung of the ladder was broken.a step of a ladder (=the part you put your foot on)The can of paint was balanced on one of the steps of the ladder.the foot of a ladder (=the bottom of a ladder)Zach waited at the foot of the ladder while Sam climbed up.the bottom/top of a ladderShe sighed with relief when she reached the bottom of the ladder.
ladder• Damn! I've laddered my tights!From Longman Business Dictionaryladderlad‧der /ˈlædə-ər/ noun [singular]a series of levels within an organization or profession, which people move up and downHe is moving swiftly up the corporate ladder.