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
Recent Examples on the Web The dual-band radio delivers AC750 speeds and can be powered with an AC adapter for plugged into a laptop or other USB connection. Dave Johnson, Forbes, 4 June 2021 This covers the computer, the battery, accessories like the power adapter, memory (RAM), AirPort, and Apple USB SuperDrive. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 1 June 2021 Lots of options for the money, including two eyepieces, smartphone adapter, wireless remote, adjustable tripod and carry bag. Bob Beacham, chicagotribune.com, 9 Apr. 2021 The good news is that all EVs can be charged using the standard Level 2 chargers – even Tesla's with an adapter. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, 5 Apr. 2021 Worry-free for 12-month, 2x 6.6ft magnetic boundary strips, 4x side brushes, 1x extra filter, 1x remote control (2 AAA batteries included), 1x charging dock, 1x adapter, and 1x cleaning tool. Maren Estrada, BGR, 11 Mar. 2021 The SOUNDFORM Connect is a new Apple AirPlay audio adapter that can turn any traditional stereo speaker into an AirPlay 2-enabled speaker. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 22 May 2021 The hot shoe adapter is compatible with most DSLR cameras and a smartphone holder for most smartphones. Chris Hachey, BGR, 13 Apr. 2021 This adapter has two HDMI ports as well as a VGA port, giving you lots of flexibility for mirroring your laptop screen across up to three displays or using them all as distinct screens in extend mode. Michael Andronico, CNN Underscored, 3 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of adapter was in 1753

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16 Jun 2021

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“Adapter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adapter. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for adapter

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 adapter (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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