adapter

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noun adapt·er \ə-ˈdap-tər, a-\
variants: or less commonly

adaptor

Definition of adapter

  1. 1 :  one that adapts

  2. 2a :  a device for connecting two parts (as of different diameters) of an apparatusb :  an attachment for adapting apparatus for uses not originally intended

Examples of adapter in a sentence

  1. adapters for the food mixer include a meat grinder and an ice cream maker

1753

First Known Use of adapter

1753


ADAPTER Defined for English Language Learners

adapter

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noun adapt·er \ə-ˈdap-tər, a-\

Definition of adapter for English Language Learners

  • : a device that is used to connect two pieces of equipment that were not designed to be connected


Medical Dictionary

adapter

noun adapt·er
variants: also

adaptor

\ə-ˈdap-tər\play

Medical Definition of adapter

  1. 1:  one that adapts

  2. 2a:  a device for connecting two parts (as of different diameters) of an apparatusb:  an attachment for adapting apparatus for uses not originally intended



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