adapters

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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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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