from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A ladder designed for use in libraries and stores to give access to high shelves and drawers. It is fitted with wheels at the top and bottom on which it can be moved.


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  • "Brother Armbruster, you will please get the shelf-ladder and remove that crucifix."

    A Canticle for Leibowitz

  • The sixth monk climbed the shelf-ladder and took his seat on the top rung, his head bumping the top of the archway.

    A Canticle for Leibowitz


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