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Definition of Ladder


  1. A frame usually portable, of wood, metal, or rope, for ascent and descent, consisting of two side pieces to which are fastened cross strips or rounds forming steps.
  2. That which resembles a ladder in form or use; hence, that by means of which one attains to eminence.

Ladder Quotations

It is a paradox that every dictator has climbed to power on the ladder of free speech. Immediately on attaining power each dictator has suppressed all free speech except his own.
Herbert Hoover

There are some cases in which the sense of injury breeds not the will to inflict injuries and climb over them as a ladder, but a hatred of all injury.
George Eliot

Take motherhood: nobody ever thought of putting it on a moral pedestal until some brash feminists pointed out, about a century ago, that the pay is lousy and the career ladder nonexistent.
Barbara Ehrenreich

The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity.
Ayn Rand

Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.
Stephen Covey
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Ladder Translations

ladder in Danish is stige
ladder in Dutch is ladder
ladder in German is Leiter
ladder in Norwegian is leider, stige
ladder in Portuguese is escada
ladder in Spanish is escala, escalera de mano
ladder in Swedish is stege
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