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 But for the first time, new iPhones might not ship with a power adapter or corded headphones in the box. Washington Post, "Apple’s iPhone 12 coming today with a 5G pitch," 13 Oct. 2020 Otherwise, to plug a new iPhone 12 directly into the wall, consumers will need to buy a separate USB-C power adapter. Max Lockie, Quartz, "Apple will change the way we charge phones," 13 Oct. 2020 Get the Kindle, a cover, and a power adapter all together in this bundle. oregonlive, "Amazon Prime Day 2020 deals launch early: 4K TV sets, Echo Dots on sale, more gadgets already discounted (live updates)," 12 Oct. 2020 The Kindle Paperwhite Essentials Bundle -- which includes a Kindle Paperwhite, a leather cover, and a power adapter -- is available for just $169.97, a savings of $20. Allen Foster, chicagotribune.com, "Prime Day is different this year. Here’s what to expect," 10 Oct. 2020 This smart adapter is a must-have for international travel. Popular Science, "PopSci’s three-day VIP annual sale 2020," 20 Sep. 2020 There’s also a USB power adapter included in the box for any of these Apple Watches, just the cable will stay. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "The Apple Watch Series 6 is official with blood oxygen monitoring and striking new colors," 15 Sep. 2020 Then, use a power adapter for outlets with higher voltage to avoid overheating and damaging the blanket. Emma Seymour, Good Housekeeping, "7 Best Electric Blankets to Keep You Warm and Cozy All Night Long," 1 Oct. 2020 Charge times are also faster via a minimum 5-watt adapter, giving you 80% charge in about 1.5 hours from 0% and 100% charge in about 2.5 hours from 0%. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "A day with Apple Watch Series 6: Blood oxygen monitoring and a faster processor impress," 17 Sep. 2020

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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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25 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Adapter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adapter. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for adapter

adapter

noun
How to pronounce adapter (audio)

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 adaptor (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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