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

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 BigStack is extremely versatile, able to accommodate square and round crossbars without an adapter. Talon Homer, Popular Mechanics, 20 May 2022 Gurman said a few days ago that Apple is working on an adapter that will let future iPhones connect to accessories that feature a Lightning port. Chris Smith, BGR, 16 May 2022 There's no wireless charging for the 4,300mAh battery, but ASUS did include 30W fast charging and an adapter inside the box. Dave Leclair, PCMAG, 28 July 2022 The ride is presented with its owner’s book and relevant paperwork, along with a spare wheel, two keys and an audio adapter with DAB and Bluetooth. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 14 June 2022 Try an international trip, where none of your chargers will work without an adapter. Christopher Elliott, Washington Post, 12 May 2022 The device is supplied with a USB power adapter and a USB-C cable. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 19 Sep. 2021 Right now, Prime members can purchase the headset, controllers, and adapter cable for just shy of $370. Tess Garcia, EW.com, 11 July 2022 Apple’s 85-watt MagSafe 2 power adapter delivers fast charging for the MacBook Pro with Retina display. Danielle Directo-meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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15 Aug 2022

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“Adapter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adapter. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for adapter

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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