• WordNet 3.6
    • n conversion a spiritual enlightenment causing a person to lead a new life
    • n conversion a successful free throw or try for point after a touchdown
    • n conversion the act of changing from one use or function or purpose to another
    • n conversion act of exchanging one type of money or security for another
    • n conversion a change in the units or form of an expression: "conversion from Fahrenheit to Centigrade"
    • n conversion interchange of subject and predicate of a proposition
    • n conversion a change of religion "his conversion to the Catholic faith"
    • n conversion an event that results in a transformation
    • n conversion (psychiatry) a defense mechanism represses emotional conflicts which are then converted into physical symptoms that have no organic basis
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Sound carries so well in the Arctic that on a calm day, a conversation can be heard from 1.8 miles away.
    • Conversion (Mil) A change of character or use, as of smoothbore guns into rifles.
    • Conversion (Mil) A change of front, as a body of troops attacked in the flank.
    • Conversion (Math) A change or reduction of the form or value of a proposition; as, the conversion of equations; the conversion of proportions.
    • Conversion (Theol) A spiritual and moral change attending a change of belief with conviction; a change of heart; a change from the service of the world to the service of God; a change of the ruling disposition of the soul, involving a transformation of the outward life. "He oft
      Frequented their assemblies, . . . and to them preached Conversion and repentance, as to souls
      In prison under judgments imminent."
    • Conversion (Law) An appropriation of, and dealing with the property of another as if it were one's own, without right; as, the conversion of a horse. "Or bring my action of conversion And trover for my goods."
    • Conversion The act of changing one's views or course, as in passing from one side, party, or from of religion to another; also, the state of being so changed. "Conversion to Christianity."
    • Conversion (Logic) The act of interchanging the terms of a proposition, as by putting the subject in the place of the predicate, or the contrary.
    • Conversion The act of turning or changing from one state or condition to another, or the state of being changed; transmutation; change. "Artificial conversion of water into ice.""The conversion of the aliment into fat."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • 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.
    • n conversion In general, a turning or changing from one State or form to another; transmutation; transformation: sometimes implying total loss of identity: as, a conversion of water into ice, or of food into chyle or blood; the conversion of a thing from its original purpose to another; the conversion of land into money.
    • n conversion Specifically In logic, that immediate. inference which transforms a proposition into another whose subject-term is the predicate-term, and whose predicate-term the subject-term, of the former. Simple, proper, or direct conversion is that in which the quantity and quality of the propositions remain unchanged: as, No good man is unhappy; hence (by conversion), No unhappy man is good. Conversion per accidens (by accident) is that in which the quality of the first proposition is unchanged while its quantity is changed: as, All cockatrices are non-existent; hence (by conversion), Some non-existent things are cockatrices. Conversion by contraposition is where the quantity and quality are preserved, but the terms are infinitated: as, Some Chinamen are not honest; hence, Some nonhonest persons are not non-Chinamen. The traditional rules of conversion are embodied in the verses
    • n conversion where the vowels of feci, eva, astro, show the kinds of propositions which can be converted in the three ways. (See A, 2 .) A diminute conversion is a conversion of a proposition such that the consequent asserts less than the antecedent: as, All lawyers are honest, and therefore some honest men are lawyers. An improper or reductive conversion is a conversion per accidens or by contraposition. A universal conversion is an inference by conversion whose conclusion is a universal proposition; a partial conversion, one whose conclusion is a particular proposition. [The Latin conversio was first used in this sense by Appuleius to translate Aristotle's ἀντιστροφ/η.]
    • n conversion In theology, a radical and complete change, sudden or gradual, in the spirit, purpose, and direction of the life, from one of self-seeking and enmity toward God to one of love toward God and man.
    • n conversion Change from one religion to another, or from one side or party to another, especially from one that is regarded as false to one that is regarded as true.
    • n conversion Milit.: A change of front, as of a body of troops attacked in flank. The application of condemned stores to uses other than that originally intended.
    • n conversion In ordnance, the alteration of a smooth-bore gun into a rifled gun by inserting a lining-tube of wrought-iron or steel.
    • n conversion In law: An unauthorized assumption and exercise of the right of ownership over personal property belonging to another in hostility to his rights; an act of dominion over the personal property of another inconsistent with his rights; unauthorized appropriation. A change from realty into personalty, or vice versa. See equitable conversion, under equitable.
    • n conversion Nautical, the reduction of a vessel by one deck, so as to convert a line-of-battle ship into a frigate, or a crank three-decker into a good two-decker, or a serviceable vessel into a hulk.
    • n conversion In dyeing. See extract.
    • n conversion Substitution of or exchange for something else, especially of one kind of property for another; specifically, the change of an issue of public securities, of bonds, debentures, stocks, shares, etc., into another of different character or with an altered (generally reduced) rate of interest. Also attributively: as, conversion scheme, conversion operation, etc.
    • n conversion In ship-building, the selection, laying out, and working of plank and timber so as to have the least possible waste.
    • n conversion In forestry, a change from one system of forest management to another, as from the sprout system to the seed system.
    • n conversion In steel manuf., the process of changing iron into steel, especially by the cementation process. See cementation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Conversion change from one thing, state, or religion to another: :
    • ns Conversion (theol.) the conscious change of heart impelling the repentant sinner to a new life: appropriation to a special purpose
    • ns Conversion (logic) act of interchanging the terms of a proposition
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  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “The reason why so few people are agreeable in conversation is that each is thinking more about what he intends to say than others are saying.”
  • Ernest Dimnet
    Ernest Dimnet
    “Americans cannot realize how many chances for mental improvement they lose by their inveterate habit of keeping six conversations when there are twelve in the room.”
  • Emil Ludwig
    Emil Ludwig
    “Debate is the death of conversation.”
  • Jonathan Swift
    “Argument, as usually managed, is the worst sort of conversation, as in books it is generally the worst sort of reading.”
  • Philip Dormer Stanhope
    Philip Dormer Stanhope
    “Every man becomes, to a certain degree, what the people he generally converses with are.”
  • Kin Hubbard
    “Don't knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn't start a conversation if it didn't change once in a while.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. conversio,: cf. F. conversion,. See Convert
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. convertĕre, conversumcon, and vertĕre, to turn.


In literature:

She refused to dance, but conversed with more animation.
"The Young Duke" by Benjamin Disraeli
The hours sped on, while they thus held converse, till a hand on the latch aroused them.
"Eventide" by Effie Afton
We'll keep the conversation general you know.
"Jill the Reckless" by P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
While these ministers of grace were engaged in pleasant conversation a different kind of a crowd had met not far away.
"The Kentucky Ranger" by Edward T. Curnick
I tried to get up a conversation with Flanagan, but he looked half- frightened and half guilty as I did so.
"My Friend Smith" by Talbot Baines Reed
Walt is not within sight, for the conversation is carried on outside the room.
"The Lone Ranche" by Captain Mayne Reid
We can converse with such people in a way that astonishes us, although meeting them, perhaps, for the first time.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
When peace was restored, the conversation went on in desultory fashion.
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
While the others conversed with him, I endeavoured to make unobserved a sketch of his face.
"Memoirs" by Charles Godfrey Leland
I did not converse with them, as I was not sure of my ability to refrain from divulging my abolition sentiments.
"The Expressman and the Detective" by Allan Pinkerton

In poetry:

I tread my melancholy road,
No more by vain delusions driven;
Hold solemn converse with my God,
And track my onward way to heaven.
"Anxieties and Comforts" by John Bowring
God's gardener, upwards lift! For friends,
Companions from the sky,
Angels shall visit thee and raise
Thy soul with converse high.
"Immortal Eve - I" by Manmohan Ghose
THE fiddles were playing and playing,
The couples were out on the floor;
From converse and dancing he drew me,
And across the door.
"Across The Door" by Padraic Colum
The dreary silence o'er, both glad
To hear of human voice the sound,
The negro and the English lad
Comfort in mutual converse found.
"Conquest Of Prejudice" by Charles Lamb
The lichen peels along the wall.
My conversation bores the dove.
He knows it all: that I'm in love
And you care much and not at all.
"The Garden" by Dominic Frank Moraes
The lips would speak, as if they caught
Some converse sudden broke
When the great word the dead man sought,
And Hades' silence woke.
"The Widow of Nain" by George MacDonald

In news:

A Conversation About "The End of Men".
Excerpt from conversation between Branch Davidian leader, David Koresh, and an FBI negotiator (John #4) discussing the Book of Revelation .
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Join Editorial Page Editor Jim Boren and columnist Bill McEwen on what will no doubt be a spirited conversation about the results of Election Night 2012.
But core to many evangelicals' identity is the " born-again " experience described in John 3:3, when a sinner undergoes an intense conversion during a personal interaction with the Holy Spirit, often Jesus Himself.
This week, we're looking at a linguistic foible that's actually heard quite often in conversational speech in Minnesota.
Once an A student, he now found himself unable to remember conversations, dates and routine bits of daily life.
You would think that a conversation between a mad scientist and his prized newt might not stand out in a novel dominated by sociopathic bikers, a father's unbearable guilt and a sad quest by a group of sideshow freaks.
Gwyneth Paltrow was feeling free out on the red carpet at The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet celebration in NYC Sunday.
Newsweek reports that Judith Regan, the outspoken publisher who used to have her own imprint at HarperCollins, is in "conversations" with News Corp.
The OSX-1 FPSO is currently under conversion at Keppel and is aimed to be operational offshore Brazil next year.
Bids for the OSX-2 FPSO conversion are being evaluated and the contract is expected to be awarded in the first quarter of 2011.
ST Aerospace will provide engineering design, the conversion into a combi configuration, as well as maintenance checks during the conversion phase.
Once the voters made conversion legal, the Texas Family Code was also amended to specify just how to accomplish the conversion.
It is supportive of batch conversion process and conversion of numerous FLV files into MP3.

In science:

We are very grateful to Olivier Martin for a helpful conversation.
Statistical ensemble of scale-free random graphs
There are several techniques that do this conversion.
Monte Carlo: Basics
Conversely, if QSO images and the image of the ring are observed then time delay ratios can be estimated.
Beware the Non-uniqueness of Einstein Rings
Conversely, if δ < δc , the giant component does not exist and g (1) = 1, in which case both the numerator and denominator of Eq. (11) approach zero as x → 1.
Are randomly grown graphs really random?
Section 3 describes the template filling methods that lead to the conversion of a text into its formal representation.
Generating a 3D Simulation of a Car Accident from a Written Description in Natural Language: the CarSim System