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

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There is not a single standard for plugs, so some electric-car drivers have to carry multiple adapters. Ivan Penn, New York Times, "L.A. to Vegas and Back by Electric Car: 8 Hours Driving; 5 More Plugged In," 22 June 2019 In April, Apple recalled some wall plug adapters for international use that could create a risk of electrical shock. Mark Gurman / Bloomberg, Time, "Apple Is Recalling Some MacBook Pro Models Because of Overheating Batteries," 20 June 2019 When a show is adapted from a book or, like Game of Thrones, a series of books, the point at which the adapter outruns the source material is tricky. Ellen Gray, https://www.inquirer.com, "‘Big Little Lies’ & ‘A Handmaid’s Tale’: Still things to see here?," 4 June 2019 The mug retails for $129 on Amazon, while the mug and blender combo go for $149, and the complete set including the percolator and the vehicle adapter sells for $159. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Your Tea Will Never Go Cold Again With This Smart Travel Mug," 11 Feb. 2019 There's just one catch: Chances are the faucet adapter that comes with it won't fit your sink. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "This Black + Decker Portable Washing Machine Might Be The Best Thing That's Ever Happened to Me," 3 May 2019 The power adapter is 30W instead of 20W and has orange accents. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition is the height of overkill—and I totally want one," 11 Dec. 2018 Many of the features in the Killer AX 1650 networking adapter aren’t necessarily new to people familiar with Killer Wi-Fi or networking chips. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Killer's AX 1650 network card taps Wi-Fi 6 for wireless gaming that doesn't suck," 15 Apr. 2019 The digital adapter price is increasing from $4.99 to $5.99 a month. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Charter’s nationwide price hike could cost you another $91 a year," 23 Oct. 2018

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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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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 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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