• WordNet 3.6
    • n converter a device for changing one substance or form or state into another
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A Protesting Convert A Protesting Convert
Side view of Bessemer converter Side view of Bessemer converter
Bessemer Converting Vessel Bessemer Converting Vessel

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Former U.S. President William Taft converted the White House stable into a four car garage in 1909
    • Converter (Steel Manuf) A retort, used in the Bessemer process, in which molten cast iron is decarburized and converted into steel by a blast of air forced through the liquid metal.
    • Converter One who converts; one who makes converts.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first black and white motion picture to be digitally converted to color was "Yankee Doodle Dandy", the 1942 biography of George M. Cohen.
    • n converter One who converts; one who makes converts.
    • n converter A vessel in which metals or other materials are changed or converted from one shape or condition to another. Specifically, in metallurgy, an oval-shaped vessel or retort, hung on an axis, made of iron and lined with some refractory material, in which molten pig-iron is converted by the Bessemer process into what is generally called steel. See steel. Also spelled converter.
    • n converter In electricity, an apparatus for changing electric power into a different form by mechanical motion. The synchronous converter or rotary converter changes alternating (single-phase or polyphase) currents into direct currents; the inverted converter changes direct currents into alternating currents; the frequency-converter changes alternating currents into alternating currents of different frequency; the phase-converter changes alternating, usually single-phase, currents into alternating currents of a different number of phases; the direct-current converter changes direct into direct currents. The most common type is the synchronous converter, commonly called converter or rotary converter, which is used for changing the transmitted polyphase alternating current into direct current for use on electric railways, for lighting, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The game that would become Scrabble was created by an unemployed architect, Alfred Mosher Butts in the early 1930s. He called it Lexiko, then Criss Cross Words and then sold the rights to James Brunot. In 1948 it was renamed Scrabble and was manufactured in a converted school house in Connecticut. Bruno sold the game to Selchow and Righter, who were bought out by Coleco in 1987, and in 1989 Milton Bradley bought it. More than 100 million Scrabble games have been sold worldwide.
    • Converter one who converts: a vessel in which materials are changed from one condition to another
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  • John L. Mason
    John L. Mason
    “The aim of education should be to convert the mind into living fountain, and not a reservoir.”
  • Bible
    “Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. [Mathew]”
  • Joseph Addison
    “The disease of jealously is so malignant that is converts all it takes into its own nourishment.”
  • Frederick W. Faber
    Frederick W. Faber
    “Kindness has converted more sinners than zeal, eloquence, or learning.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “The laws of each are convertible into the laws of any other.”
  • Alberta Flanders
    Alberta Flanders
    “Sometimes only a change of viewpoint is needed to convert a tiresome duty into an interesting opportunity.”


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


In literature:

It was to win converts to the idea of a Jewish State.
"The Jewish State" by Theodor Herzl
Several attempts were made by the whites to convert the Indians to Christianity.
"Four American Indians" by Edson L. Whitney
He converted their battle-cry into coin for himself.
"An African Adventure" by Isaac F. Marcosson
A certain Mnason, his countryman, was converted about the same time.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 03" by Various
A term used for converting square sterns to round ones.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Passing through a dark passage, Lucien noticed two half-naked laborers, who were moistening clay and converting it into a kind of dough.
"Adventures of a Young Naturalist" by Lucien Biart
Again, we kept praying that the Lord would give us converts from the very beginning.
"How I Know God Answers Prayer" by Rosalind Goforth
The world will be converted.
"Thoughts on Missions" by Sheldon Dibble
Among others converted by it was a young man, a notorious drunkard.
"George Muller of Bristol" by Arthur T. Pierson
He had been born a Protestant, but he abjured his religion, and from a convert he became a converter.
"The Huguenots in France" by Samuel Smiles

In poetry:

He viewed this “shouting” mania with disgust,
As being generosity perverted,
When any of the “boys” went on the bust
He strove his best that they might be converted.
"Jimmy Wood" by Barcroft Henry Boake
How joyful shall we spend the live-long night
In praises to Jehovah, who thus mocks
All human foresight, and converts the means
Of seeming ruin into great deliverance.
"Moses In The Bulrushes. A Sacred Drama" by Hannah More
Persons of the Drama.
Darius, King of Media and Babylon.
Pharnaces, Courtier, Enemy to Daniel. Soranus, dido.
Araspes, A Young Median Lord, Friend and Convert to Daniel
"Daniel. A Sacred Drama" by Hannah More
So within a few days poor Sarah did die,
And for the loss of Sarah the drunken father did cry,
So the loss of his child soon converted him
From drinking either whiskey, rum or gin.
"The Blind Girl" by William Topaz McGonagall
For thee, Cloud, -- if thou spend thine all
Upon the South's o'er-brimming sea
That needs thee not; or crawl
To the dry provinces, and fall
Till every convert clod shall give to thee
"Individuality." by Sidney Lanier
Not broken; not converted, but distress'd;
He wanted will to bend the stubborn knee,
He wanted light the cause of ill to see,
To learn how frail is man, how humble then should
"Tale IX" by George Crabbe

In news:

Skid-mounted stacks convert hydrogen directly into electricity.
A Christian missionary sets out to convert a remote Amazonian tribe.
Developer hoping to convert downtown church into restaurant.
The convertible had a push-button drop-top.
Owner Adam Sobel isn't interested in converting people, just sharing his love for food vegan food.
CTC International has introduced a smaller version of its CS1224 " Clamshell " Splicer, engineered for non-stop packaging and converting applications.
This 1935 Duesenberg Model JN Convertible Coupe once belonged to "The King of Hollywood," Clark Gable .
Highland Hospital has secured $35 million in loans to convert the former United Hospital Center in Clarksburg into a mental health facility.
"bullock junction" 1964 gm 4106 coach, 35 ft. 1964 GM 4106 Coach-35 feet, converted to RV known as "Bullock Junction" located Davidson, NC.
Mr Walentas renamed the factory the ClockTower Building and converted it first into offices for the New York State Labor Department, and then, in 1998, into 124 condominiums.
The HomeGoods store in Fields Corner is closing its doors in January 2012, less than a year after it was converted from an A.J.
'Convert or die' game divides Christians / Some ask Wal-Mart to drop Left Behind.
The Grand Four Seasons Station 18 at 2700 Vanstory St in Greensboro is converting six of its 18 theaters to The GrandLuxe Theatres, a dine-in movie concept.
Soon, however, the structure at 323 S W 10th Ave will be laid to rest, converted into a parking lot.
This Full custom 1968 El Dorado Cadillac needed a one off custom clip and retrofit Frame to convert this vehicle from front wheel drive over to rear wheel drive so that the ride could tuck in those Lowrider 14x7 520's and lay out on the foor.

In science:

The surface embedding interpretation of virtuals is useful since it converts their equivalence to a topological question.
Bi-oriented Quantum Algebras, and a Generalized Alexander Polynomial for Virtual Links
To ensure application interoperability, translators are needed that can convert one structure into another.
Using Tree Automata and Regular Expressions to Manipulate Hierarchically Structured Data
It is often necessary to convert data between different structured representations, along with more basic tasks such as retrieval of certain components of a record or addition of a new component.
Using Tree Automata and Regular Expressions to Manipulate Hierarchically Structured Data
An actual transformation engine can easily convert from reduced trees to normal trees and back if it chooses to work with normal trees internally.
Using Tree Automata and Regular Expressions to Manipulate Hierarchically Structured Data
The first horizontal move will each time produce a complementary state; vertical move will deliver it one level up; and the following two steps will convert this complementary state to its counterpart, preparing for the next horizontal move.
Using Tree Automata and Regular Expressions to Manipulate Hierarchically Structured Data