Accommodation ladder
Accommodation Ac*com`mo*da"tion, n. [L. accommodatio, fr. accommodare: cf. F. accommodation.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act of fitting or adapting, or the state of being fitted or adapted; adaptation; adjustment; -- followed by to. ``The organization of the body with accommodation to its functions.'' --Sir M. Hale. [1913 Webster]

2. Willingness to accommodate; obligingness. [1913 Webster]

3. Whatever supplies a want or affords ease, refreshment, or convenience; anything furnished which is desired or needful; -- often in the plural; as, the accommodations -- that is, lodgings and food -- at an inn. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

4. An adjustment of differences; state of agreement; reconciliation; settlement. ``To come to terms of accommodation.'' --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

5. The application of a writer's language, on the ground of analogy, to something not originally referred to or intended. [1913 Webster]

Many of those quotations from the Old Testament were probably intended as nothing more than accommodations. --Paley. [1913 Webster]

6. (Com.) (a) A loan of money. (b) An accommodation bill or note. [1913 Webster]

{Accommodation bill}, or {note} (Com.), a bill of exchange which a person accepts, or a note which a person makes and delivers to another, not upon a consideration received, but for the purpose of raising money on credit.

{Accommodation coach}, or {train}, one running at moderate speed and stopping at all or nearly all stations.

{Accommodation ladder} (Naut.), a light ladder hung over the side of a ship at the gangway, useful in ascending from, or descending to, small boats. [1913 Webster]


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  • accommodation ladder — n. a portable set of steps held in place temporarily along a ship s side for access to or from a small boat or pier …   English World dictionary

  • accommodation ladder — noun (nautical) a portable ladder hung over the side of a vessel to give access to small boats alongside • Topics: ↑seafaring, ↑navigation, ↑sailing • Hypernyms: ↑sea ladder, ↑sea steps …   Useful english dictionary

  • accommodation ladder — noun Date: 1769 a light ladder or stairway hung over the side of a ship for ascending from or descending to small boats …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • accommodation ladder — noun a flight of stairs or a ladder for lowering over the side of a ship for access to and from a small boat …   Wiktionary

  • accommodation ladder — emergency ladder on a boat …   English contemporary dictionary

  • accommodation ladder — noun a ladder up the side of a ship allowing access from a small boat or a quayside …   English new terms dictionary

  • accommodation ladder — /əkɒməˈdeɪʃən lædə/ (say uhkomuh dayshuhn laduh) noun a ladder or stairway hung from a ship s side to connect with boats below …   Australian English dictionary

  • accommodation ladder — a portable flight of steps, usually having a small platform at each end, suspended at the side of a vessel to give access to and from boats alongside. [1760 70] * * * …   Universalium

  • accommodation ladder — accommoda′tion lad der n. naut. navig. a portable flight of steps suspended from a vessel to give access to boats alongside • Etymology: 1760–70 …   From formal English to slang

  • Accommodation — Ac*com mo*da tion, n. [L. accommodatio, fr. accommodare: cf. F. accommodation.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act of fitting or adapting, or the state of being fitted or adapted; adaptation; adjustment; followed by to. The organization of the body with… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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