1. [syn: adoptive parent, adopter]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Adopter \A*dopt"er\, n.
1. One who adopts.
2. (Chem.) 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.
[Written also adapter.]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a person who adopts a child of other parents as his or her
own child [syn: adoptive parent, adopter]