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scaling ladder (plural scaling ladders)

  1. A ladder for the purpose of scaling the walls of a besieged fortification.
    • 1990, Peter Hopkirk, The Great Game, Folio Society 2010, p. 13:
      Those who survived were forced to carry the Mongols' long scaling ladders up to the very walls of the fortress, while others were made to erect their siege engines under heavy fire.