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Adapter vs. Adopter

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  • 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

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Oxford Dictionary
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  • Adapter (noun)

    One who adapts.

  • Adapter (noun)

    A connecting tube; an adopter.

  • Adopter (noun)

    One who adopts.

  • Adopter (noun)

    A receiver, with two necks, opposite to each other, one of which admits the neck of a retort, and the other is joined to another receiver. It is used in distillations, to give more space to elastic vapors, to increase the length of the neck of a retort, or to unite two vessels whose openings have different diameters.

Webster Dictionary
  • Adapter (noun)

    a musician who adapts a composition for particular voices or instruments or for another style of performance

  • Adapter (noun)

    device that enables something to be used in a way different from that for which it was intended or makes different pieces of apparatus compatible

  • Adopter (noun)

    a person who adopts a child of other parents as his or her own child

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