Jacob-s-ladder definition

jākəbz
(nautical) A rope or chain ladder with rigid rungs.
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Any of various plants of the genus Polemonium, especially P. caeruleum, having bell-shaped usually blue flowers and alternate, pinnately compound leaves with numerous leaflets.
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(bible) The ladder from earth to heaven that Jacob saw in a dream: Gen. 28:12
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A portable ladder used on ships and having, typically, wooden rungs and rope or wire sides.
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Any of several plants (genus Polemonium) of the phlox family, with pinnately compound leaves and small, blue, bell-shaped flowers.
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A flowering plant of the genus Polemonium.
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(nautical) A vertical ladder from the ratline to the upper masts.
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A toy consisting of blocks of wood, held together by strings or ribbons, that appear to cascade downward as they flip over.
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A pocketknife consisting of two handle segments joined by a pivot, with a blade connected by a second pivot to the end of one handle segment.
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(mathematics) A noncompact surface resembling a ladder made of handlebodies.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
jacob-s-ladder
Plural:
jacob-s-ladders

Origin of jacob-s-ladder

  • From the ladder seen by the biblical patriarch Jacob in a dream (Genesis 28:12)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • After the Biblical Ladder of Jacob.

    From Wiktionary