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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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 The box for the Beam will also include an optical audio adapter to fit with older television models. Zack Ruskin, Billboard, "Sonos Integrating Siri, Alexa & More Virtual Assistants for Simultaneous Use With New Beam Smart Speaker," 6 June 2018 Audiences want one thing, the original playwrights another—and, in both cases, the adapters something else. Corby Kummer, The Atlantic, "How Do Carousel and My Fair Lady Fare in 2018?," 8 July 2018 After that, the port can only be used to charge the device using a power adapter. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "New iOS 11.4.1 feature may protect your iPhone from getting hacked -- or cracked by cops," 9 July 2018 At Computex on Monday night, the company announced two Multi-Gig controllers that can be used in USB 3.1 adapters or laptop docking stations. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Could this be the year for Multi-Gig PCs? Aquantia says yes," 4 June 2018 The miraculous Allocacoc Power Cube gives me four conventional sockets for American devices, two USB ports and a bunch of plug adapters. Jada Yuan, New York Times, "How Do You Pack for a Yearlong Trip?," 27 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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