adapter

[uh-dap-ter]
noun
1.
a person or thing that adapts.
2.
a.
a connector for joining parts or devices having different sizes, designs, etc., enabling them to be fitted or to work together.
b.
Also called plug adapter, adapter plug. a device that connects an electrical plug to an outlet that has a different plug shape: Last time I traveled, I brought the wrong adapter.
c.
Also called AC adapter, power adapter. a device with a cord that plugs into an electrical outlet and functions as an external power supply for a small or portable electronic device, usually converting AC current to DC: I forgot to plug in the adapter, and my laptop died.
3.
an accessory to convert a machine, tool, or part to a new or modified use.
4.
Computers.
b.
an external device containing the necessary circuitry to connect to or work with another device or system: a network adapter; a wireless adapter; a video adapter.
Also, adaptor.


Origin:
1795–1805; adapt + -er1

nonadapter, nonadaptor, noun
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adaptor or adapter (əˈdæptə)
 
n
1.  a person or thing that adapts
2.  any device for connecting two parts, esp ones that are of different sizes or have different mating fitments
3.  a.  a plug used to connect an electrical device to a mains supply when they have different types of terminals
 b.  a device used to connect several electrical appliances to a single mains socket
 
adapter or adapter
 
n

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adapter a·dapt·er or a·dap·tor (ə-dāp'tər)
n.

  1. One that adapts.

  2. A connecting part that joins two pieces of apparatus.

  3. A converter of electric current to a desired form.

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Adaptor definition

tool
(Automatic DAta Parallelism TranslatOR) A source to source transformation tool that transforms data parallel programs written in Fortran 77 with array extensions, parallel loops, and layout directives to parallel programs with explicit message passing. ADAPTOR generates Fortran 77 host and node programs with message passing. The new generated source codes have to be compiled by the compiler of the parallel computer.
Version 1.0 runs on CM-5, iPCS/860, Meiko CS1/CS2, KSR 1, SGI, Alliant or a network of Suns or RS/6000s.
(ftp://ftp.gmd.de/gmd/adaptor/adp_1.0.tar.Z).
[Connection with Thomas Brandes and GMD?]
(1993-06-01)
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Example sentences
Petri dishes containing each sample were clipped onto the end of the adaptor and magnified by the lenses.
Where you have that, you either need a standard or you need some kind of adaptor to make the connections possible.
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