adapter or adaptor

a|dapt|er or a|dapt|or [ ə`dæptər ] noun count
an object that allows you to connect two pieces of equipment of different types or sizes
a. an object that allows you to use electrical equipment in countries where there is a different type of electricity supply from your own

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • adapter — or adaptor [ə dap′tər] n. 1. a person or thing that adapts 2. a contrivance for adapting apparatus to new uses 3. a connecting device for parts that would not otherwise fit together …   English World dictionary

  • Adapter — An adapter or adaptor (both spellings in use in UK and US English) [http://www.onelook.com/?w=adapter] [http://www.onelook.com/?w=adaptor] is a device used to match the or electrical characteristics of two different things so that a connection… …   Wikipedia

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  • Adapter (disambiguation) — Adapter may refer to: *Adapter (device), used to match the physical or electrical characteristics of two different objects *Adapter (Genetics), a small DNA molecule used in genetic engineering *Adapter (rocketry), a segment between rocket stages… …   Wikipedia

  • adapter — UK [əˈdæptə(r)] / US [əˈdæptər] or adaptor UK / US noun [countable] Word forms adapter : singular adapter plural adapters an object that allows you to connect two pieces of equipment of different types or sizes a) British an object that allows… …   English dictionary

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  • adaptor — (also adapter) ► NOUN 1) a device for connecting pieces of equipment. 2) Brit. a device for connecting more than one plug at a time or plugs of a non standard type to an electrical socket …   English terms dictionary

  • adapter RNA — or adaptor RNA n TRANSFER RNA …   Medical dictionary

  • adapter protein — adaptor protein a protein that lacks catalytic activity but contains several protein protein or protein lipid interaction domains so that it can act as a connector for interactions between molecules and facilitate activation of pathways after… …   Medical dictionary

  • adapter —  , adaptor  The first is one who adapts (as in a book for theatrical presentation); the second is the device for making appliances work abroad and so on …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

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