Definition of Jacob's ladder

1. Noun. Pinnate-leaved European perennial having bright blue or white flowers.

2. Noun. (nautical) a hanging ladder of ropes or chains supporting wooden or metal rungs or steps.
Exact synonyms: Jack Ladder, Pilot Ladder
Category relationships: Navigation, Sailing, Seafaring
Generic synonyms: Ladder

Definition of Jacob's ladder

1. Noun. A flowering plant of the genus ''Polemonium''. ¹

2. Noun. (nautical) A vertical ladder from the ratline to the upper masts. ¹

3. Noun. A toy consisting of blocks of wood, held together by strings or ribbons, that appear to cascade downward as they flip over. ¹

4. Noun. 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. ¹

5. Noun. (mathematics) A noncompact surface resembling a ladder made of handlebody handlebodies. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Jacob's Ladder

Jacksonian seizure
Jacksonian seizures
Jacky Hanger
Jacky Hangers
Jacky Hangman
Jacky Hangmen
Jacky Howe
Jacky Howes
Jacob's coat
Jacob's ladder
Jacob's ladders
Jacob's rod
Jacob's staff
Jacob Epstein
Jacob Harmensen
Jacobaeus operation
Jacobean lilies
Jacobean lily
Jacobi symbol

Literary usage of Jacob's ladder

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1. A Descriptive Catalogue of the Etched Work of Rembrandt Van Rhyn by Charles Henry Middleton-Wake (1878)
"JACOB-S LADDER.—In the upper part of the print angels are represented upon a ladder, illumined with a glory ; half way down the print Jacob is discovered ..."

2. Who's who in America by Marquis Who's Who, Inc (1903)
"Author: Wherewithal, or New Discoveries In Cause and Effect; Fifteen Minutes' Sunday Work; Jacob s Ladder. T2. Also Napoleon Slips: Adult Kindergarten, ..."

3. California Redwood Park, Sometimes Called Sempervirens Park: An Appreciation by Arthur Adelbert Taylor (1912)
"Jacob,s ladder was no more a myth or a miracle, for verily the redwood tips were in contact with the heavens. The things heard in the stupendous silence of ..."

4. Spain and Portugal: Handbook for Travellers by Karl Baedeker (Firm) (1908)
"For this route we turn to the right on emerging from the portal of the monastery and ascend to the W. by the so-called 'Jacob s Ladder' through the narrow ..."

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