adapter


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Acronyms, Wikipedia.

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.







Lotsa Adapters
New interfaces are constantly appearing, and adapters connect the old with the new.
References in periodicals archive ?
As enterprises ramp their 25GE adoption, they're creating favorable market conditions for Mellanox to continue gaining share in the Ethernet adapter market.
Apple confirmed the adapters break in 'very rare cases' and expose internal electrical components which can give users an electric shock.
Apple said it was aware of six incidents worldwide involving the plugs, but the recall did not affect its USB port-based adapters.
The iPhone maker said that the adapters designed for use in Hong Kong, Singapore, and the United Kingdom are being voluntarily recalled.
The tech giant has acknowledged six incidents with the adapters that have occurred worldwide.
CommScope's duplex LC fiber optic adapters are unique in their ability to increase the density of fiber optic connections.
Even though Google did not justify it's move, it's easy to see that it ditched the adapter because Moshi also did not sell it through its (https://www.moshi.com/usb-c-digital-audio-adapter-with-charging) official store .
Key benefits of the new tamper evident screwcap adapter include direct permanent evidence of initial opening, better tightness (up to 10psi) and less probability of leakage to ensure product safety and integrity.
- The Gigabit + PoE Adapter connects iPad to ethernet and uses power over ethernet (PoE) to charge the device via a single ethernet cable when connected to a PoE-capable Ethernet switch or PoE injector.
Then the adapter was loaded in the Savage rifle, enabling the .32 ACP cartridge to be fired in the rifle.
The Twin 10G Thunderbolt 3 adapter is equipped with two RJ45 ports, enabling users to connect their computers to a switch or other 10GbE interface via inexpensive CAT-6 or CAT-6A copper cabling at distances up to 55 or 100 meters, respectively.