(n.) = ladder ; rib ; stairways ; stepladder. Ex: 2 metaphors in particular are considered: reading is a ladder; and reading is eating. Ex: The plank was hauled in and out between the cheeks by girths at each end which were wound round a small windlass underneath the ribs. Ex: Librarians must be made aware of the dangers of open floor bookstacks and open stairways and budgets must provide funds to achieve an acceptable level of fire safety. Ex: As a result, the worker lost his balance, fell off the stepladder, and fractured his right leg. ---- * al pie de la escalera = at the foot of the stairs ; at the bottom of the stairs. * en lo alto de la escalera = at the top of the stairs. * escalera de caracol = winding stair ; spiralling staircase ; spiral staircase ; winding staircase. * escalera de cuerda = Jacob's ladder. * escalera de incendios = fire escape ; emergency stairs ; fire stairs. * escalera de mano = stepladder. * escalera deslizante = escalator. * escalera de tijera = stepladder. * escalera mecánica = escalator. * escalera plegable = telescopic ladder ; stepladder. * escalera rodante = escalator. * escaleras = stairs ; stairways. * hueco de la escalera = stairwell. * juego de serpientes y escaleras = game of chutes and ladders ; game of snakes and ladders. * tramo de escaleras = flight of stairs.