1. (nautical) a portable ladder hung over the side of a vessel to give access to small boats alongside;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Accommodation \Ac*com`mo*da"tion\, n. [L. accommodatio, fr.
accommodare: cf. F. accommodation.]
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.
2. Willingness to accommodate; obligingness.
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.
4. An adjustment of differences; state of agreement;
reconciliation; settlement. "To come to terms of
5. The application of a writer's language, on the ground of
analogy, to something not originally referred to or
Many of those quotations from the Old Testament were
probably intended as nothing more than
(a) A loan of money.
(b) An accommodation bill or note.
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: (nautical) a portable ladder hung over the side of a vessel
to give access to small boats alongside