a connector for joining parts or devices having different sizes, designs, etc., enabling them to be fitted or to work together.
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.
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.
an accessory to convert a machine, tool, or part to a new or modified use.
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)