Adapter

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Adapter


1. Any device or contrivance used or designed primarily to fit or adjust one thing to another, as: (a) a buckle or clip on a parachute harness, used in adjusting the harness to the wearer; (b) a joint attaching an afterburner to a turbine casing on a jet engine; (c) a fitting for connecting pipes, valves, etc., that have different types of threads.
2. Any device, appliance or the like used to alter something so as to make it suitable for a use for which it was not originally designed.

References

This article is based on NASA's Dictionary of Technical Terms for Aerospace Use