A printed circuit board that plugs into a computer's expansion bus to provide added capabilities.
   Common adapters include video adapters, joy-stick controllers, and I/O adapters, as well as other devices, such as internal modems, CD-ROMs, and network interface cards. One adapter can often support several different devices. Some of today's PC designs incorporate many of the functions previously performed by these individual adapters on the motherboard.

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  • adapter — [ adapte ] v. tr. <conjug. : 1> • 1270; lat. adaptare « ajuster à », de ad et aptus « apte » 1 ♦ Réunir (une chose à une autre), appliquer après ajustement. ⇒ ajuster, joindre, rattacher. Adapter des roulettes aux pieds d une table, un… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Adapter — es un convertidor de archivos multimedia. Su función radica en transformar entre diversos formatos de audio, video e imágenes. Es freeware y es desarrollado por Macroplant. Funciona en Mac OS X (10.5, 10.6 o posterior) y Windows (7, Vista o XP).… …   Wikipedia Español

  • 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

  • adapter — ADAPTER. v. a. Appliquer, ajuster une chose à une autre. Adapter un récipient au chapiteau d une cornue. f♛/b] Il se dit aussi De l application qu on fait d un mot, d un passage à une personne, à un sujet. Ce vers de Virgile lui est bien adapté.… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • adapter — adapter, or The spelling with er is more than twice as common as that with or in both senses of the word, although it is useful to reserve adaptor to the device and adapter to the (much less used) meaning ‘a person who adapts (something or to… …   Modern English usage

  • adapter — Adapter. v.a. Appliquer, faire convenir une chose à une autre, il ne se dit guere qu en parlant de discours. On luy peut bien adapter ce passage de l Escriture sainte. ce vers de Virgile luy est bien adapté …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Adapter — A*dapt er, n. 1. One who adapts. [1913 Webster] 2. (Chem.) A connecting tube; an adopter. [1913 Webster] 3. (Chem., Elec., Mech.) Any device connecting two parts of an apparatus (e.g. tubes of different diameters, or electric cords with different …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adapter — (n.) 1801, agent noun from ADAPT (Cf. adapt). Electrical engineering sense from 1907 …   Etymology dictionary

  • adapter — {{/stl 13}}{{stl 8}}rz. mnż I, D. a || u, Mc. adaptererze {{/stl 8}}{{stl 7}} elektromechaniczny odtwarzacz płyt gramofonowych, gramofon elektryczny <ang. z łac.) {{/stl 7}} …   Langenscheidt Polski wyjaśnień

  • 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 — Ein Adapter (m, lat. aptus, a,um = passend, geeignet; Mehrzahl: Adapter) ist ein Stück, das der Verbindung verschiedener mechanischer oder elektrischer Geräte dient. Adapter zum Ersatz der Elektronenröhre ECH11 durch die ECH81 …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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