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 Anker PowerWave Stand Qi wireless charging stand - 10W Galaxy/5W iPhone, no AC adapter for $11.99 at Amazon (use code: AKWA2524 - normally $16.99). Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Dealmaster: Get a wireless pair of Anker noise-cancelling headphones for $40," 4 Feb. 2020 The setup The $129 Founder’s edition bundle includes a Stadia controller and a Chromecast Ultra, as well as two power adapters and a USB-C to A cable (extra Stadia controllers cost $69 each). Amrita Khalid, Quartz, "You should wait before buying a Google Stadia," 4 Feb. 2020 Try using a 9-volt battery to power the preamp instead of the power adapter and keep the preamp close to your turntable to reduce hum and interference. Popular Science, "Turntable preamps for every budget," 23 Jan. 2020 All performances will take place at Grace Lutheran Church, 1430 South Blvd, Evanston Lifeline Theatre ensemble members Aly Renee Amidei is the adapter and Anthony Kayer will direct. Hannah Herrera Greenspan,, "Booked it! Chicago casting announcements for Nov. 7," 7 Nov. 2019 Gassler's project uses a webcam, projector, 3D printed adapter and retroreflective fabric to make a car's A-pillars invisible by displaying the image of the blind spot behind them onto the pillar. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "A teenager won a $25,000 award for inventing a solution to eliminate blind spots for cars," 6 Nov. 2019 The wireless is easy to use thanks to the plug and play USB adapter and the battery easily lasted enough for a few marathon sessions before needing a good charge. Nicole Carpenter, USA TODAY, "The best gaming headsets of 2019 for PC, Xbox One X, PS4, and more," 16 Oct. 2019 Anker PowerWave Pad Qi wireless charger - 10W Galaxy/7.5W iPhone, no AC adapter for $8.49 at Amazon (use code: AKA25313 - normally $11.99). Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Dealmaster: A bunch of Amazon Fire tablets are on sale today," 21 Jan. 2020 Filling in that gap is the HomeSpot Bluetooth adapter. Jason Cipriani, CNN Underscored, "Supercharge your Nintendo Switch or Switch Lite with these accessories," 25 Dec. 2019

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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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14 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Adapter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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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


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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