Definitions for: Accommodation

[n] the act of providing something (lodging or seat or food) to meet a need
[n] (physiology) the automatic adjustment in focal length of the lens of the eye
[n] living quarters provided for public convenience; "overnight accommodations are available"
[n] in the theories of Jean Piaget: the modification of internal representations in order to accommodate a changing knowledge of reality
[n] a settlement of differences; "they reached an accommodation with Japan"
[n] making or becoming suitable; adjusting to circumstances

Webster (1913) Definition: 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
accommodation.'' --Macaulay.

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. --Paley.

6. (Com.)
(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.

Synonyms: adjustment, fitting

See Also: adjustment, advance, aid, alteration, assist, assistance, betterment, Cabin class, compromise, developmental learning, domestication, first class, habituation, help, improvement, living quarters, lodging house, modification, modus vivendi, quarters, readjustment, rooming house, second class, service, settlement, stabling, steerage, third class, tourist class

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