Definition of rung noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//rʌŋ//
; NAmE NAmE//rʌŋ//
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one of the bars that forms a step in a ladder He put his foot on the bottom rung to keep the ladder steady. She climbed the last few rungs of the ladder. (figurative) to get a foot on the bottom rung of the career ladder She was a few rungs above him on the social ladder. see also ring2 Word OriginOld English hrung (originally referring to a part of a chair); related to Dutch rong and German Runge.
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