Adapter vs. Adopter

By Jaxson

  • 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 modify power or signal attributes, while others merely adapt the physical form of one connector to another.

  • Adapter (noun)

    One who is capable of adapting to differing situations.

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

  • Adapter (noun)

    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.”

  • Adapter (noun)

    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.”

  • Adapter (noun)

    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.”

  • Adapter (noun)

    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.”

  • Adopter (noun)

    one who adopts

  • Adapter (noun)

    a device for connecting pieces of equipment that cannot be connected directly

    “the adapter converts the lens focal length to 5.5 mm”

    “a tube fixed to the cleaner by means of an adapter”

  • Adapter (noun)

    a device for connecting several electric plugs to one socket.

  • Adapter (noun)

    a person who adapts a text to make it suitable for filming, broadcasting, or the stage.

Oxford Dictionary

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