Definition of adapter in US English:


(also adaptor)


  • 1A device for connecting pieces of equipment that cannot be connected directly.

    • ‘This process uses slide-in connectors to offer the compatibility for the different connections without using adapters, which often take up un-needed room in your case.’
    • ‘I'd forgotten the plug adaptor for my laptop: a new one arrived at the door within 90 seconds.’
    • ‘You'll need a plastic PVC cap for one end of the pipe, and on the other end you'll need an adapter to convert the PVC pipe to a standard pipe thread.’
    • ‘Anything electrical will require an adaptor plug for use overseas.’
    • ‘But Middleton points out that most computers are now shipped with pre-installed Ethernet cards, and many can be connected with a plug-in adapter.’
    • ‘Gamers in North America can now battle each other online with the release of adapters to connect the Playstation2 to the internet…’
    • ‘You need to connect a bluetooth adaptor to your phoneline, however.’
    • ‘With a boat, however, electricity is routed through a gauntlet of adapters and shore power connections that depend on friction to maintain contact.’
    • ‘Unpacking the box you find a plethora of connectors and adapters for what ever might float your boat.’
    • ‘In the latter case, there's also an option to run an audio input directly to your intercom, rather than using the adapter for your headset.’
    • ‘It is an adaptor that converts the analog signal that is generated by your standard phone into a digital signal.’
    • ‘If you're traveling abroad, make sure you take the correct electrical conversion adapters for your equipment.’
    • ‘As mentioned earlier, there are two adapters to convert the DVI connections for standard VGA use.’
    • ‘You can buy an inexpensive adaptor for your equipment when you arrive in Hong Kong.’
    • ‘The power adapter connector is placed rather unusually, along the center of the case, right above the base.’
    • ‘There's also a connector (and an adapter if you need it) for handling different types of monitors.’
    • ‘Limitations at the moment include it not supporting PC Card network adapters or USB broadband connections.’
    • ‘The mobile radio telephone system includes a hand held unit, a cassette adapter, and a coupling unit.’
    • ‘The adapter transfers that piece of data between the two programs, making sure it ends up in the right place.’
    • ‘Many service providers will provide you with the equipment that you need such as phone adapters and software.’
  • 2A person who adapts a text to make it suitable for filming, broadcasting, or the stage.

    • ‘BBC Four presents a season of work this Christmas by the prolific BAFTA and Emmy Award-winning writer and adapter Andrew Davies.’
    • ‘The plays are excellently staged by the adaptor and designed with frugal artistry, making an altogether satisfactory evening.’
    • ‘Their relationship is perfectly told and both actors rise to the occasion served up to them by the original author and the adaptor.’
    • ‘It did matter to the film adapters of his work; they often invented other murderers, different motivations.’
    • ‘Homer haunts the imaginations of countless poets, translators and adapters in English.’
    • ‘His present-day position of film adapter of Italian films into English stems from this early period.’
    • ‘Clearly, credit is also due to Michael Fry, the adaptor and director, whose stagecraft and expertise in filling the stage with imaginary crowds and processions is almost beyond praise.’
    • ‘Nor does it demonstrate that only writers can escape the label of adapter, since there are several noted film adapters sanctified by the name of auteur.’
    • ‘When adapters approach source texts, he seems to suggest, they should assume that whatever is, is right.’
    • ‘As with most programs adapted from true events, the adaptors took some dramatic license.’
    • ‘There are many traps that Shakespeare film adaptors can fall into - too noisy, too simplified, too much emoting, acting that fails to convey the words with meaning.’
    • ‘Of course, the actor / adapters were working from a trio of somebody else's novels, rather than directly from their own imagination.’
    • ‘The adapter / writer on this occasion was Giles Cooper, with Robert Banks Stewart producing.’
    • ‘Actor and dramatic writer and adaptor Rodney Ackland, is responsible for at least 30 plays and adaptations.’
    • ‘The book's adaptors were Spanish playwright Pablo Ley and English dramatist Allan Baker and the director was Josep Galindo of Spain.’
    • ‘He does what Graham Greene adapters rarely do… he captures Greene's sense of fate and coincidence.’
    • ‘In an effort to make a film more accessible to your average cinemagoer, adaptors make the mistake of changing the story too much and losing the point.’
    • ‘While the latter presented the plays with minimal trimming, An Age of Kings' adapter Eric Crozier cut the text into schedule-friendly 60 and 75 minute episodes.’
    • ‘As an adaptor, I was constantly thinking about this problem.’