Free Translator Free Translator
Translators Dictionaries Courses Other
English Dictionary      examples: 'day', 'get rid of', 'New York Bay'

Jacob's ladder   /dʒˈeɪkəbz lˈædər/   Listen
Jacob's ladder

Pinnate-leaved European perennial having bright blue or white flowers.  Synonyms: charity, Greek valerian, Polemonium caeruleum, Polemonium van-bruntiae, Polymonium caeruleum van-bruntiae.
(nautical) a hanging ladder of ropes or chains supporting wooden or metal rungs or steps.  Synonyms: jack ladder, pilot ladder.

Related search:

WordNet 3.0 © 2010 Princeton University

Advanced search
     Find words:
Starting with
Ending with
Matching a pattern  

Words linked to  

only single words

Share |

"Jacob's ladder" Quotes from Famous Books

... were out in a trice: a sapling was procured, and cut into short pieces; these were notched, and tied at intervals along the rope. Our "Jacob's ladder" was ready. ...
— The War Trail - The Hunt of the Wild Horse • Mayne Reid

... the heart that keeps its twilight hour, And, in the depths of heavenly peace reclined, Loves to commune with thoughts of tender power,— Thoughts that ascend, like angels beautiful, A shining Jacob's ladder of the mind! Sonnet IX. ...
— The World's Best Poetry — Volume 10 • Various

... this person, as soon as near enough to salute the party at the foot of the flag-staff; "good-morrow to ye all. I'm glad to meet you, for it's but a Jacob's ladder, this path of yours, through the ravine in the cliffs. Hey! why Atwood," looking around him at the sea of vapour, in surprise, "what the devil ...
— The Two Admirals • J. Fenimore Cooper

... left up yonder in the cliffs. Now, then, I'm going down again. It's quite dry, and worn smooth with all sorts of things coming up and folk like us going down. Just the same as before, my lad. I calls it Jacob's Ladder. Natur' made a good deal on it, and my grandfathers, fathers, and us lot finished it a bit at a time and made ...
— The Lost Middy - Being the Secret of the Smugglers' Gap • George Manville Fenn

... eye, projecting from the top of the broad steep gully in which it was stretched at ease. Thither few came to the droning coast; and such as did, looked up at the High Street baking in the sun, and, thinking of Jacob's ladder, composed them to slumber upon the sand and left the climbing to the angels. Here, I said, the air and the sea were so still that one could hear the oysters snoring in their beds; and the little frizzle of surf on the beach was ...
— At a Winter's Fire • Bernard Edward J. Capes

... is so," chuckled Nell. "But I suppose that was why they asked him to amuse and entertain the little folks at one session of the Union. Father talked for fifteen minutes, all about Jacob's ladder, and those old stories. And not a kid of 'em went ...
— The Campfire Girls of Roselawn - A Strange Message from the Air • Margaret Penrose

... bogh!" she said, with the pin between her teeth. "She's off again. Do you really think, now, the angels in heaven are as sweet and innocent, Kirry? I don't. They can't if they're grown up. And having to climb Jacob's ladder, poor things, they must be. Then, if ...
— The Manxman - A Novel - 1895 • Hall Caine

... allowed—of the tower and the beacon. This occurred when the former rose to a few feet above high-water mark, and was effected by means of a rope-bridge, which was dignified by the sailors with the name of "Jacob's ladder". ...
— The Lighthouse • Robert Ballantyne

... to a place, and showed her Jacob's ladder. Now at that time there were some angels ascending upon it. So Christiana looked, and looked, to see the angels go up; and so did the rest of the company. Then they were going into another place, to show them something else; but James said to ...
— The Works of John Bunyan • John Bunyan

... which we accept in the earlier books. This clumsy fiction seems more at home in the grotesque and lawless mythology of the Turks, or in the Persian poet Sadi, who is said by Marmontel to have adopted it from the Turk. If Milton's intention were to reproduce Jacob's ladder, he should, like Dante (Parad, xxi. 25), have made it the means of ...
— Milton • Mark Pattison

... sad thou canst not sadder) Cry;—and upon thy so sore loss Shall shine the traffic of Jacob's ladder Pitched between Heaven and ...
— Among Famous Books • John Kelman

... am climbin' Jacob's ladder I am climbin' Jacob's ladder I am climbin' Jacob's ladder For ...
— Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States - Volume II. Arkansas Narratives. Part I • Work Projects Administration

... I to get that handkerchief?' cried he; 'why I should need Jacob's ladder!' But the ...
— The Orange Fairy Book • Andrew Lang

Words linked to "Jacob's ladder" :   navigation, seafaring, polemonium, sailing, ladder

Copyright © 2022