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a⋅dapt⋅er

[uh-dap-ter]
–noun
1. a person or thing that adapts.
2. a connector for joining parts or devices having different sizes, designs, etc., enabling them to be fitted or to work together.
3. an accessory to convert a machine, tool, or part to a new or modified use.
4. Computers. expansion card.
Also, a⋅dap⋅tor.


Origin:
1795–1805; adapt + -er 1
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a·dapt·er also a·dap·tor   (ə-dāp'tər)   
n.  
  1. One that adapts, such as a device used to effect operative compatibility between different parts of one or more pieces of apparatus.

  2. Computer Science A hardware device, such as a printed circuit board, that enables a personal computer to use additional peripheral devices or hardware.

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Main Entry: adapt·er
Variant: also adap·tor /&-'dap-t&r/
Function: noun
1 : one that adapts
2 a : a device for connecting two parts (as of different diameters) of an apparatus b : an attachment for adapting apparatus for uses not orig. intended
Merriam-Webster's Medical Dictionary, © 2002 Merriam-Webster, Inc.
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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.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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