Definition of scaling ladder in English:

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scaling ladder

Pronunciation: /ˈskāliNG ˌladər/

noun

historical
A ladder used for firefighting or for climbing walls in order to penetrate the defenses of a fortification.
Example sentences
  • Finally, going over the walls of a besieged fortress generally required scaling ladders or a siege tower.
  • Until the early fifth century, this was a matter of putting up scaling ladders or constructing a siege mound against the city-wall while bombarding the battlements with javelins, arrows, and stones.
  • All the regular techniques of siege warfare were employed: the attackers dug tunnels under the walls, and built tall siege towers which they rolled up to the walls, in order to fix their scaling ladders.

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Syllabification: scal·ing lad·der

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