adapter

noun

adapt·​er ə-ˈdap-tər How to pronounce adapter (audio)
a-
variants or less commonly adaptor
1
: one that adapts
2
a
: a device for connecting two parts (as of different diameters) of an apparatus
b
: an attachment for adapting apparatus for uses not originally intended

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 This model comes with a standard ball attachment and power adapter, while the soft storage case keeps it safe when not in use. Maya Polton, Parents, 27 Mar. 2024 Rivian is sending out one adapter per customer, based on the vehicle’s VIN number. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, 18 Mar. 2024 Pricing & Availability: The iFi GO link is available bow and includes a Lightning adapter for use with older iPhones. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 Install removable downspout adapters and flexible drain coils to the gutter system’s downspouts to guide water away from the foundation, Sweeney said. Debbie Arrington, Sacramento Bee, 31 Jan. 2024 If a kiosk has actual power outlets to charge your phone with your adapter, there's no fear of hacking. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, 18 Jan. 2024 The adapter will allow Rivian owners to connect Tesla’s charging plug into their vehicles’ port The adapter will allow Rivian owners to connect Tesla’s charging plug into their vehicles’ port. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, 18 Mar. 2024 The universal travel adapter works in over 150 countries and can charge up to five devices simultaneously with a universal AC outlet and four USB charging ports. Becca Blond, Travel + Leisure, 17 Mar. 2024 Keep in mind that this device is not wireless and can only be used when the power adapter is connected. Adria Greenhauff, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

adapt + -er entry 2

First Known Use

1753, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of adapter was in 1753

Dictionary Entries Near adapter

Cite this Entry

“Adapter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adapter. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

adapter

noun
adapt·​er
variants also adaptor
1
: someone or something that adapts
2
a
: a device for connecting two parts (as of different diameters) of a usually larger device
b
: an attachment for adapting a device for uses not originally intended

Medical Definition

adapter

noun
adapt·​er
variants also adaptor
1
: one that adapts
2
a
: 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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