|1.||[ noun ] steps consisting of two parallel members connected by rungs; for climbing up or down|
|Related terms:||stairway extension_ladder rope_ladder Jacob's_ladder scaling_ladder sea_ladder monkey_ladder step_ladder rundle|
|2.||[ noun ] ascending stages by which somebody or something can progress|
"he climbed the career ladder"
|3.||[ verb ] come unraveled or undone as if by snagging, of stockings|
"Her nylons were running"
|Related terms:||break run run|
|4.||[ noun ] a row of unravelled stitches|
"she got a run in her stocking"
|Related terms:||damage ravel|