Jacob's ladder: Meaning and Definition of

Ja'cob's lad'der

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a ladder seen by Jacob in a dream, reaching from the earth to heaven. Gen. 28:12.
    1. Also calledjack ladder, pilot ladder.a hanging ladder having ropes or chains supporting wooden or metal rungs or steps.
    2. any ladderlike arrangement aloft other than one of rattled shrouds.


Pronunciation: ( jā'kubz-lad'ur), [key]
— n.
  1. any of various plants belonging to the genus Polemonium, of the phlox family, esp. P. caeruleum (or P. van-bruntiae), having blue, cup-shaped flowers and paired leaflets in a ladderlike arrangement.
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