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accommodation ladder

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noun
  1. 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.
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Origin of accommodation ladder

First recorded in 1760–70
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Examples from the Web for accommodation ladder

Historical Examples

  • The accommodation-ladder had not been unshipped since leaving Aden, and the man walked out on to the platform, as on to a balcony.

    The Harmsworth Magazine, Vol. 1, 1898-1899, No. 6

    Various

  • The captain and Alick lifted him tenderly, and assisted him up the accommodation-ladder of the steamer.

  • Shortly the boat's nose touched the accommodation-ladder over the Alfred's side.

    The Story of John Paul Jones

    Chelsea Curtis Fraser

  • An officer was standing on the accommodation-ladder, assisting up some passengers.

  • The swell was so great that we were in constant danger of being capsized under the accommodation-ladder.

    Tent Work in Palestine

    Claude Reignier Conder


British Dictionary definitions for accommodation ladder

accommodation ladder

noun
  1. nautical a flight of stairs or a ladder for lowering over the side of a ship for access to and from a small boat, pier, etc
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