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(n.) One who adopts.
(n.) 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.
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Webster, Noah. Entry for 'Adopter'. Noah Webster's American Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/web/a/adopter.html. 1828.