adapter

noun
adapt·​er | \ ə-ˈdap-tər How to pronounce adapter (audio) , a-\
variants: or less commonly adaptor

Definition of adapter

1 : one that adapts
2a : a device for connecting two parts (as of different diameters) of an apparatus
b : an attachment for adapting apparatus for uses not originally intended

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Examples of adapter in a Sentence

adapters for the food mixer include a meat grinder and an ice cream maker

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Many of the features in the Killer AX 1650 networking adapter aren’t necessarily new to people familiar with Killer Wi-Fi or networking chips. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Killer's AX 1650 network card taps Wi-Fi 6 for wireless gaming that doesn't suck," 15 Apr. 2019 The digital adapter price is increasing from $4.99 to $5.99 a month. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Charter’s nationwide price hike could cost you another $91 a year," 23 Oct. 2018 Said adapter will cost you $9 from the Apple store. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "iPhone XS and XS Max review: Big screens, big performance, big lenses, big prices," 1 Oct. 2018 Now, a YouTuber by the name of MyMateVince has figured out a way to get the device working on the Nintendo Switch with the help of a nifty adapter and some software troubleshooting. Nick Statt, The Verge, "YouTuber gets Microsoft’s Adaptive Controller working on the Nintendo Switch," 26 Nov. 2018 From the days of the Gamecube online adapter to Switch titles like Mario Kart 8 and Splatoon 2, Nintendo has been the only current console maker to never charge its customers an additional fee for access to online multiplayer gameplay. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "No more free rides: Paid Switch Online service launches on Sept. 18," 12 Sep. 2018 The company will also offer an optional adapter exceed 200 watts. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "MSI's GS75 Stealth is one stupidly thin and light 17-inch gaming laptop," 8 Jan. 2019 That adapter was reportedly made by Northrop Grumman, which would put SpaceX in the clear. Loren Grush, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: SpaceX," 29 Dec. 2018 Previously, your only official replacement option from Apple was to buy one of the Mac USB-C adapters — starting at $49 — for the 30W USB-C charger normally shipped with MacBooks. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "You can now buy Apple’s $29 USB-C fast chargers," 5 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of adapter

1753, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for adapter

adapt + -er entry 2

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adapter

noun

English Language Learners Definition of adapter

: a device that is used to connect two pieces of equipment that were not designed to be connected

adapter

noun
adapt·​er
variants: also adaptor \ ə-​ˈdap-​tər How to pronounce adaptor (audio) \

Medical Definition of adapter

1 : one that adapts
2a : a device for connecting two parts (as of different diameters) of an apparatus
b : an attachment for adapting apparatus for uses not originally intended

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