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Definition of ladder noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a piece of equipment for climbing up and down a wall, the side of a building, etc., consisting of two lengths of wood or metal that are joined together by steps or rungs to climb up/fall off a ladder see also stepladder
  2. 2[usually singular] a series of stages by which you can make progress in a career or an organization to move up or down the social ladder the career ladder
  3. 3(also ladder tournament) a competition in a particular sport or game in which teams or players are arranged in a list and they can move up the list by defeating one of the teams or players above He's third on the tennis ladder at work.

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