1A horizontal support on a ladder for a person’s foot.
- He stood, his foot on the lower rungs of a ladder that led to the upper shelves, with his weight propped on his elevated knee.
- That wouldn't buy them much time, Sydney knew, so she steeled herself and placed one foot on the first rung of the ladder.
- He placed a foot on the first rung of the ladder on the side of the freighter and began to climb, hefting himself up onto the roof.
1.1A level in a hierarchical structure, especially a class or career structure: we must ensure that the unskilled do not get trapped on the bottom rung
More example sentences
- New research by the Bank of Scotland shows that first-time buyers north of the Border are still able to get their foot on the first rung of the housing ladder.
- The arrangement is designed to allow young couples to get a foot on the first rung of the housing ladder.
- Now with a foot firmly on the lower rungs of the ladder to rockdom, it's hard not to imagine that they will do anything but ascend.
2A strengthening crosspiece in the structure of a chair.
- In a lucid moment Winston found that he was shouting with the others and kicking his heel violently against the rung of his chair.
- Grabbing the rung of the chair he pulled him over next to the wall.
- Kitchen chairs or stools that have rungs are especially helpful, as it can be tiring for your daughter if her feet don't reach the floor.