What Are the Steps of a Ladder Called?


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The steps on a ladder are called "rungs." The length of a ladder determines how many rungs the ladder has, and the longer the ladder, the more rungs it has. The word is pronounced "ruhng."

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What Are the Steps of a Ladder Called?
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The word "rung" dates back before 1000 A.D. and derives from the Old English word "rhung," and the German word "runge." Rung is also a cognate with the Gothic word "hrunga," meaning "rod."

Rung also may be used to describe a spoke of a wheel, a level in a formal system of hierarchy or a piece of wood that is placed between the legs of a chair for support.

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