Pronunciation: (lad'ur),[key] —n. 1. a structure of wood, metal, or rope, commonly consisting of two sidepieces between which a series of bars or rungs are set at suitable distances, forming a means of climbing up or down.
2. something resembling this.
3. a means of rising, as to eminence: the ladder of success. 4. a graded series of stages or levels in status; a hierarchical order of position or rank: high on the political ladder. 5. Naut.companionway (def. 1).
6. Chiefly Brit.a run in a stocking.
—v.t. 1. to climb or mount by means of a ladder: to ladder a wall. 2. to furnish with a ladder: to ladder a water tower. 3. Chiefly Brit.to cause a run in (a stocking).
—v.i. 1. Chiefly Brit.to get a run, as in a stocking.
2. to gain in popularity or importance: He laddered to the top of his profession.