Ac*com`mo*da"tion (?), n. [L.
accommodatio, fr. accommodare: cf. F.
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;
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.
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 accommodations.
6. (Com.) (a) A loan of
money. (b) An accommodation bill or
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.