adapter

noun
adapt·​er | \ə-ˈdap-tər, 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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The optional wireless adapter frees you from pesky cords. Jeffrey Van Camp, WIRED, "VR Headsets That Will Transport You, Wherever the Destination," 26 May 2018 New feed lines and thrust adapters were required, but the craft will otherwise appear virtually the same. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "The Relaunch," 1 Dec. 2015 The back of the box has ports for HDMI, the IR dongle, microUSB, and power; there’s still no Ethernet jack, but there is an Ethernet adapter in the box this time around. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "Amazon’s Fire TV Cube is like a Fire TV blended with an Echo Dot," 7 June 2018 Some of these third-party peripherals have required cumbersome adapters of their own in the past. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's Xbox Adaptive Controller helps players with disabilities game more comfortably," 17 May 2018 Now comes news that Andrew Davies, TV’s master adapter of literary classics, is writing a script based on the book. Matthew Gilbert, BostonGlobe.com, "Austen’s ‘Sanditon’ is coming to PBS," 11 July 2018 In honor of the milestone, an image of a 45 record spindle adapter was featured in the festival logo. Caitlin Mullen, chicagotribune.com, "'They're hawking Oak Park': A Day in Our Village festival draws thousands," 4 June 2018 Think of this new layer like an adapter, says Ferrari. Angela Chen, The Verge, "How graphene and gold could help us test drugs and monitor cancer," 18 May 2018 In fact, so many women do it that many breast pump manufacturers make pump power adapters for cars. Korin Miller, SELF, "What to Know if You, Like Chrissy Teigen, Want to Pump on the Go," 19 June 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 \

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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