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adaptor

, adapter
1. any device for connecting two parts, esp ones that are of different sizes or have different mating fitments
2. 
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

[ə′dap·tər]
(computer science)
A device which converts bits of information received serially into parallel bit form for use in the inquiry buffer unit.
(engineering)
A device used to make electrical or mechanical connections between items not originally intended for use together.
(metallurgy)
A connecting piece, usually made of fireclay, between a horizontal zinc retort and the condenser in which the molten zinc collects.
(optics)
An attachment to a camera that permits its use in a manner for which it was not designed.

adapter

adapter
1. A device for matching and properly connecting items, tubing, or devices (especially electric) which are of different size, operating characteristics, or design.
2. A device that enables different sizes or types of plugs, pipes, etc., to be joined.

adapter

A device that allows one system to connect to and work with another. An adapter may be a simple circuit that converts one set of signals to another; however, the term often refers to devices which are more accurately called "controllers." For example, display adapters (graphics cards) and network adapters (NICs) perform extensive processing. See host adapter and expansion bus.


Flash Memory Adapters
After the SD Card debuted for cameras, mini and micro versions were introduced for cellphones. The smaller cards can be inserted into SD Card adapters and accessed by readers with full-size slots. See SD Card.




Flash Memory Adapters
After the SD Card debuted for cameras, mini and micro versions were introduced for cellphones. The smaller cards can be inserted into SD Card adapters and accessed by readers with full-size slots. See SD Card.
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