Jacob's ladder

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Ja·cob's ladder

1. Nautical A rope or chain ladder with rigid rungs.
2. 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.

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

Jacob's ladder

1. (Bible) Old Testament the ladder reaching up to heaven that Jacob saw in a dream (Genesis 28:12–17)
2. (Nautical Terms) Also called: jack ladder a ladder made of wooden or metal steps supported by ropes or chains
3. (Plants) a North American polemoniaceous plant, Polemonium caeruleum, with blue flowers and a ladder-like arrangement of leaves
4. (Plants) any of several similar or related plants

Ja′cob's lad′der

1. a ladder seen by Jacob in a dream, reaching from the earth to heaven. Gen. 28:12.
2. Naut. a hanging ladder having ropes or chains supporting rungs or steps.


any plant of the genus Polemonium, of the phlox family, with cup-shaped blue flowers and paired leaflets in a ladderlike arrangement.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Jacob's ladder - pinnate-leaved European perennial having bright blue or white flowersJacob's ladder - pinnate-leaved European perennial having bright blue or white flowers
polemonium - any plant of the genus Polemonium; most are low-growing often foul-smelling plants of temperate to Arctic regions
2.Jacob's ladder - (nautical) a hanging ladder of ropes or chains supporting wooden or metal rungs or steps
sailing, seafaring, navigation - the work of a sailor
ladder - steps consisting of two parallel members connected by rungs; for climbing up or down
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Polygonatum multiflorum ydi ei enw gwyddonol a rhai o'i enwau Saesneg ydi Solomon's seal, David's Harp, a ladder to heaven.
Take "Jacob's ladder." The term comes into English from an episode in the Book of Genesis, in which the patriarch of the 12 tribes of Israel dreams about a ladder to Heaven. More recently, it's been included in the names of a diverse range of items, from a wooden-runged rope ladder to a climbing plant to a Hollywood film.
The collection includes Noah's Ark, Jacob's ladder to heaven, Moses in the bullrushes, Samson and Delilah, David and Goliath, and Jonah and the Whale, plus many more stories.
Describing the experience of falling from the sky, she said: "It was like being on the bottom rung of the ladder to heaven.