Conversive

Definitions

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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Conversive Capable of being converted or changed.
    • Conversive Ready to converse; social.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Sound carries so well in the Arctic that on a calm day, a conversation can be heard from 1.8 miles away.
    • conversive Capable of being converted or changed; convertible.
    • conversive Conversable; social.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Until 1965, driving was done on the left-hand side on roads in Sweden. The conversion to right-hand was done on a weekday at 5 p.m.
    • adjs Conversive (obs.) that may be converted: equivalent
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Quotations

  • Rene Descartes
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    “The reading of all good books is like a conversation with all the finest men of past centuries.”
  • Walter Savage Landor
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    “What is reading, but silent conversation.”
  • Sir William Temple
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    “Who ever converses among old books will be hard to please among the new.”
  • Billy Graham
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    “Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion; it is like a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.”
  • Atwell
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    “The art of conversation consist as much in listening politely, as in talking agreeably.”
  • Amos Bronson Alcott
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    “Debate is masculine, conversation is feminine.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. convertĕre, conversumcon, and vertĕre, to turn.

Usage

In literature:

As conversion is called being "born again," the young convert is very properly compared to a "new-born babe.
"A Practical Directory for Young Christian Females" by Harvey Newcomb
She sent, however, for a certain Jewish Rabbi to converse with the stranger.
"The Wits and Beaux of Society" by Grace Wharton and Philip Wharton
I went over to the officer and entered into conversation with him.
"Sixteen Months in Four German Prisons" by Henry Charles Mahoney
This conversation took place at breakfast.
"A Crooked Path" by Mrs. Alexander
My new acquaintance was exceedingly conversible, but his conversation was chiefly characterized by frankness and good-humour.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
The results of these conversations, and of my other labors, were in some cases, very satisfactory.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker
Then the following brief conversation took place, as learned afterwards from the lips of the participants themselves.
"The Bastonnais" by John Lesperance
This morning I fancy I saw that face in earnest conversation with one of M. Colbert's men.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
She looked across the room, and saw her mother in conversation with the composer.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
After the service was concluded I had a short conversation with the good old couple and their daughter.
"The Annals of the Poor" by Legh Richmond
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In poetry:

With him sweet converse I maintain,
Great as he is I dare be free;
I tell him all my grief and pain,
And he reveals his love to me.
"Walking With God" by John Newton
But over all in his converse,
In his voice's rise and fall,
Was the light that Hope has kindled
Round the shores of death for us all.
"The Pastor's Pool" by Alexander Anderson
-If I could see you again
& talk w/you, & walk a
short while in your company,
& drink the heady brew
of your conversations,
I thought
"Wilderness" by James Douglas Morrison
And thus the influence of that hour
Of converse on Rhode Island's strand
Lives in the calm, resistless power
Which moves our fatherland.
"Channing" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Her heart is opened with craving
Only to music of the verse,
Before the life of joy and playing,
She stands aloof and won’t converse.
"She" by Nikolai Stepanovich Gumilev
In the creakings and noises,
an old conversation
—not concerning us,
but recognizable, somewhere,
back in the bus:
Grandparents' voices
"The Moose" by Elizabeth Bishop

In news:

The Nation's Jeremy Scahill explains in this episode of Nation Conversations.
Gay conversion "therapy" is ineffective and harmful, The Times acknowledges in a May 11 editorial.
Sorry, I know that headline degrades the national conversation and is emblematic of why bloggers get a bad rap and yada yada yada.
Our fifth storm of the season arrived with a wallop last night and conversations at work have taken on new levels of strategic intricacy.
) with its alternating fast-paced action and thoughtful conversations.
The Bergen County YJCC is sponsoring a "Conversations with the Chef" lunch at noon on Wednesday, Dec 5 at Blue Fish in Ridgewood.
Even "Avatar" used 3D conversion to fix problem shots.
Bobbin ' Robin Club starts a conversation around live music.
Unmask the Core Conversion Bogeyman .
MY CONVERSATION with a seven-year-old kid after exiting Hotel Transylvania.
He is, we think, speaking figuratively when describing late-night "pass the bong " conversations with fellow former Washington Post reporter Jim VandeHei about building a new political journalism model on the Internet.
A Conversation With Charlotte Strick, Book Jacket Designer.
"Like" Huntington Beach Wave on Facebook to see more news, photos and conversation.
Sheila Heti crams her personal life into her second novel — salvaged emails, taped conversations, candid sex talk, and her circle of arty friends.
THE conversation is flowing again between the NHL and NHL Players' Association.
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In science:

Approximately 50 grammar rules were used to generate the summary sentence in our prototype conversational system.
Modeling informational novelty in a conversational system with a hybrid statistical and grammar-based approach to natural language generation
Table 6: Dialog with existing conversational system.
Modeling informational novelty in a conversational system with a hybrid statistical and grammar-based approach to natural language generation
Evaluating our surface NLG system in isolation is difficult, because its output is dependent on information in the dialog state of a conversation.
Modeling informational novelty in a conversational system with a hybrid statistical and grammar-based approach to natural language generation
We propose to evaluate it in the context of an entire conversational system, by recording the time it takes for a user to complete certain tasks using the existing template generation, and comparing it with how long it takes users to complete the same tasks using the surface NLG module described in this paper.
Modeling informational novelty in a conversational system with a hybrid statistical and grammar-based approach to natural language generation
We believe that strategically setting the word order will reduce the amount of attention and mental effort necessary from the user in order to successfully use a conversational system.
Modeling informational novelty in a conversational system with a hybrid statistical and grammar-based approach to natural language generation
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