Definitions

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  • adj. Resembling a ladder (device used for climbing).

Etymologies

ladder +‎ -like (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Two of Smith's untitled, long vertical paintings, one from 1956 in which suggestions of Jackson Pollock shine forth from a ladderlike assemblage of forms, and another from 1958 in which blunt, Guston-like dark lines give form to a spray enamel surface, are some of the most exuberant objects in either show.

    Art reviews: 'Philip Guston, Roma' and 'David Smith Invents' at the Phillips

  • Before the treaty the American West consisted of the old Louisiana Purchase lands that rose in ladderlike fashion from the mouth of the Mississippi, climbed the courses of the Missouri, and touched the rocky, fog-shrouded shores of the Northwest.

    EMPIRE OF THE SUMMER MOON

  • We pulled the stairs to the attic down from the ceiling and made our way up the creaky ladderlike steps.

    Full Frontal Nudity

  • The result would be ladderlike and appear to be a triumphal march to the Rhesus Macacque, with apes merely a stage along the way.

    Casey Luskin embarrasses himself again - The Panda's Thumb

  • The tree shows branching of each fossil from a lineage, but it has a ladderlike form that is easy for the reader to misunderstand as a Great Chain of Being.

    Casey Luskin embarrasses himself again - The Panda's Thumb

  • This tight vertical shaft had ladderlike handholds, too, making progress quite easy.

    Seven Deadly Wonders

  • Elise balanced on one ladderlike step, pushed up on the trapdoor's splintered wood with one hand and peered through.

    Watcher 3] Fire Watcher

  • Toby had to feel his way along the counter and grope for the back stair, a ladderlike shaft up to the "modern" addition.

    Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

  • Half an hour later we all sat on the ladderlike front steps balancing saucers on our knees and sipping hot tea.

    Change Me Into Zeus’s Daughter

  • A large model of the double helix, with its ladderlike strands of DNA in bright primary colors, sat before me on the desk.

    The Dead House

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