What does adapter mean?

Definitions for adapter
əˈdæp təradapter

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. arranger, adapter, transcribernoun

    a musician who adapts a composition for particular voices or instruments or for another style of performance

  2. adapter, adaptornoun

    device that enables something to be used in a way different from that for which it was intended or makes different pieces of apparatus compatible


  1. adapternoun

    One who is capable of adapting well to differing situations.

    He was an able adapter, and could easily adjust to the differences when the company changed ownership.

  2. adapternoun

    One who adapts a thing, e.g. a play.

    The critic gave rave reviews to the adapter of the ancient play, who worked to give the text more relevance to the modern day.

  3. adapternoun

    A device or application used to achieve operative compatibility between devices that otherwise are incompatible.

    He had an adapter that let him plug his phone into the car's cigarette lighter for power.

  4. adapternoun

    Specifically, a device that permits two, three, or more plugs to be used at a single electrical power point.

    The wall outlet sprouted an electrical monstrosity of adapters plugged into adapters that sparked ominously.

  5. adapternoun

    Specifically, a device that allows one format of plug to be used with a different format of socket.

    We bought adapters to use our three-prong plugs in the two-prong, unpolarized outlets of the old house.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Adapternoun

    one who adapts

  2. Adapternoun

    a connecting tube; an adopter


  1. Adapter

    An adapter or adaptor is a device that converts attributes of one device or system to those of an otherwise incompatible device or system. Some adapters may only affect physical attributes: ⁕An electrical adapter may enable connection of a socket used in one region to a plug used in another by offering connections for the disparate contact arrangements, while not changing the voltage. For more, see: Domestic AC power plugs and sockets. ⁕A garden hose adapter can convert between threads and quick-release, "snap"-type connections. ⁕One kind of serial port adapter enables connections between 25-contact and nine-contact connectors, but does not affect electrical power- and signalling-related attributes. Other adapters may affect electrical attributes: ⁕A transformer adapts household electric current from high voltage to low voltage suitable for consumer electronics. These adapters will warm through converting alternating current to direct current, but are safe to the environment and can withstand months of continuous prolonged activity.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Adapter

    A screw coupling to engage with a different sized screw on each end; one of the uses is to connect incandescent lamps to gas-fixtures.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. adapter

    A brass tube to fit the eye-end of a telescope, into which all the eye-pieces will screw.

Editors Contribution

  1. adapter

    A type of device for a specific purpose.

    We have a double adapter for when we need to plug two items into the socket.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 12, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of adapter in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of adapter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of adapter in a Sentence

  1. Corinne McDermott:

    Flights with limited onboard entertainment still often have music channels, and most no longer require the adapter plug that you previously needed to use personal headphones on a plane.

  2. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Dans le monde réel, les personnes qui réussissent sont ceux qui se adaptent aux changements dans leur environnement de façon intelligente et plus efficace, et sûrement pas ceux qui résistent stupidement. peu importe la force, puissant et intelligent que vous soyez, vous êtes toujours vulnérables aux changements continus inévitables dans notre monde qui sont bien au-delà de votre contrôle. l'histoire nous enseigne que même les dinosaures puissants, qui ont émergé il ya plus de 200 millions d'années et ont gouverné notre planète pendant 135 millions d'années ne pouvaient pas survivre car ils étaient incapables de se adapter aux changements. donc être intelligent et de bon sens pour survivre dans le monde dynamique en évolution rapide d'aujourd'hui. embrasser les changements, même si vous êtes en train de sortir de votre zone de confort, et de l'exploitation en dehors de votre élément. votre adaptation à des changements stratégiques et la gestion efficace du changement contiennent les plants à votre survie et le succès. acclamations, mon ami!

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