American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act of accommodating or the state of being accommodated; adjustment.
- n. Something that meets a need; a convenience.
- n. Room and board; lodgings.
- n. A seat, compartment, or room on a public vehicle.
- n. Reconciliation or settlement of opposing views.
- n. Physiology The automatic adjustment in the focal length of the lens of the eye to permit retinal focus of images of objects at varying distances.
- n. A financial favor, such as a loan.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of accommodating: as Adjustment; adaptation; especially, the adaptation or application of one thing to another by analogy, as the words of a prophecy to a subsequent event.
- n. Adjustment of differences; reconciliation, as of parties in dispute.
- n. Convenience; the supplying of a want; aid.
- n. The state of being accommodated; fitness; state of adaptation: followed by to, sometimes by with.
- n. Anything which supplies a want, as in respect of ease, refreshment, and the like; anything furnished for use; a convenience: chiefly applied to lodgings: as, accommodation for man and beast: often used in the plural.
- n. Specifically In com., pecuniary aid in an emergency; a loan of money, either directly or by becoming security for the repayment of a sum advanced by another, as by a banker. In physiology, the automatic adjustment of the eye, or its power of adjusting itself to distinct vision at different distances, or of the ear to higher or lower tones. In the eye accommodation is effected by an alteration of the convexity of the crystalline lens (which see), and in the ear by an increased tension of the tympanic membrane for higher tones.
- n. Land acquired for the purpose of being added to other land for its improvement. Rapalje and Lawrence.
- n. In biology, a change which is brought about in a living being by its own activity and is not transmitted to its descendants, as contrasted with a variation regarded as a congenital change which is not the effect of the activity of the organism and is transmitted to descendants; an acquired character.
- n. In genetic psychology, the reverse of habit. It implies modification of function or type, and finds expression in selective thought, interest, etc.
Baldwin, Handbook of Psychol., p. 49.
- n. In thcol., the theory that God in his revelation so modifies its teaching that it meets the needs of man, who is limited in knowledge and holiness. So God's law is accommodated to the hardness of man's heart, and his truth to ignorance.
- n. A public coach with seats inside for twelve persons, and with an entrance on each side. The body was hung on leather thorough-braces after the manner of the post-chaise. It was first used in New York on Broadway between Wall and Bleecker streets. Its successors were the sociable and the omnibus.
- n. chiefly UK Lodging in a dwelling or similar living quarters afforded to travellers in hotels or on cruise ships, or prisoners, etc.
- n. countable, uncountable The act of fitting or adapting, or the state of being fitted or adapted; adaptation; adjustment.
- n. countable, uncountable Willingness to accommodate; obligingness.
- n. 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
- n. countable, uncountable Adjustment of differences; state of agreement; reconciliation; settlement; compromise.
- n. countable The application of a writer's language, on the ground of analogy, to something not originally referred to or intended.
- n. countable, commerce A loan of money.
- n. countable, commerce An accommodation bill or note.
- n. countable, law An offer of substitute goods to fulfill a contract, which will bind the purchaser if accepted
- n. countable, physiology, biology The adaptation or adjustment of an organism, organ, or part.
- n. countable, medicine The adjustment of the eye to a change of the distance from an observed object.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of fitting or adapting, or the state of being fitted or adapted; adaptation; adjustment; -- followed by
- n. Willingness to accommodate; obligingness.
- n. Whatever supplies a want or affords ease, refreshment, or convenience; anything furnished which is desired or needful; -- often in the plural.
- n. An adjustment of differences; state of agreement; reconciliation; settlement.
- n. The application of a writer's language, on the ground of analogy, to something not originally referred to or intended.
- n. A loan of money.
- n. An accommodation bill or note.
- n. in the theories of Jean Piaget: the modification of internal representations in order to accommodate a changing knowledge of reality
- n. (physiology) the automatic adjustment in focal length of the natural lens of the eye
- n. the act of providing something (lodging or seat or food) to meet a need
- n. a settlement of differences
- n. making or becoming suitable; adjusting to circumstances
- n. living quarters provided for public convenience
“About the accommodation -- _accommodation_ means money, does not it?”
“The term accommodation, while it has a limited field of application in biology, has a wide and varied use in sociology.”
“The term accommodation, as has been noted, developed as a differentiation within the field of the biological concept of adaptation.”
“The word "accommodation" should be on everyone's mind in these situations.”
“But after enduring another week of bitter backlash over its mandate requiring religious employers, including Catholic hospitals and universities, to cover birth control, including the morning-after pill, in their health-care plans, the White House on Friday announced what it calls an "accommodation" that will require insurers to pay directly for women's contraception if an employer objects to doing so on religious grounds.”
“I also had a private arrangement with my partner for obtaining what I called accommodation bills.”
“He tried to end the debate Friday with what he called an "accommodation.”
“You know, the Mobile Storage business in the U.K. was quite heavily skewed towards what they call accommodation units, what we call in the U.S. office units.”
“The possibility that our interests are simply irreconcilable and beyond "accommodation" is too chilling to contemplate.”
“The kind of accommodation is up to you and depends more on your budget than anything.”
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