• WordNet 3.6
    • n convertibility the quality of being exchangeable (especially the ability to convert a currency into gold or other currencies without restriction)
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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
    • n Convertibility The condition or quality of being convertible; capability of being exchanged; convertibleness. "The mutual convertibility of land into money, and of money into land."
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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 convertibility The condition or quality of being convertible. The capability of being converted, transmuted, or transformed from one form or state to another, or exchanged for an equivalent: as, the convertibility of water into oxygen and hydrogen.
    • n convertibility Capability of being applied or turned to a new use. The quality of being interchangeable: as, the convertibility of certain letters. In logic, capability of being transformed by conversion.
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  • Oscar Wilde
    “By persistently remaining single, a man converts himself into a permanent public temptation. Men should be more careful.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “One must verify or expel his doubts, and convert them into the certainty of Yes or NO.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Do what you know and perception is converted into character.”
  • D. H. Lawrence
    “I believe that a man is converted when first he hears the low, vast murmur of life, of human life, troubling his hitherto unconscious self.”
  • John Morely
    John Morely
    “You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.”
  • German Proverb
    German Proverb
    “Revenge converts a little right into a great wrong.”


In literature:

Every obstacle creates confusion, speedily converted into panic by opposition.
"Destruction and Reconstruction:" by Richard Taylor
But there was a whole continent to convert, to civilize.
"A Little Girl in Old Quebec" by Amanda Millie Douglas
While they waited, Bending looked again at the hole in the wall where the Converter had been.
"Damned If You Don't" by Gordon Randall Garrett
He put himself on record in his notes as a convert.
"The Tyranny of the Dark" by Hamlin Garland
The whites have never been converted from the old mores.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
The Descendants of Xavier's Converts.
"Life and Work in Benares and Kumaon, 1839-1877" by James Kennedy
Gentlemen say they do not wish to convert free territory into slave territory.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
It can be converted first into heat.
"Aether and Gravitation" by William George Hooper
Overhead, clouds of the most gorgeous hues, like precious gems converted into vapor, floated in a sky of the serenest azure.
"Mizora: A Prophecy" by Mary E. Bradley
Pinto had bought the property for a song, and had converted his purchase into a moderate success.
"Jack O' Judgment" by Edgar Wallace

In poetry:

To what Stupidity are Zealots grown,
Whose Inhumanity profusely shown
In Damning Crowds of Souls, may Damn their own.
I'll err at least on the securer Side,
A Convert free from Malice and from Pride.
"On Mr. Dryden's Religio Laici" by Wentworth Dillon
Ebb to my heart, and on the burning fires
Of my desires,
O let your torrents fall,
From smaller heate than theirs such sparks arise
As into flame converting all,
This world might be but my love's sacrifice.
"Tears, flow no more" by Lord Edward Herbert of Cherbury
And then, when he wept and he vow'd better life,
I hasten'd to snatch him from peril and strife,
By finding him wisely a tender young Wife,--
Whose love should allure him,
And gently secure him
A convert at Home!
"Home" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
Adam. Let sorrow's flame convert my heart to ashes
Rather than it may burn with double love!
Hence then! depart! for a blind mole am I
To all thy proffered beauty;
And truly in thy presence
I feel no touch of love.
"Adam: A Sacred Drama. Act 5." by William Cowper
Wherefore I sing. Yet since my heart,
Though press'd, runnes thin:
O that I might some other hearts convert,
And so take up at use good store:
That to thy chests there might be coming in
Both all my praise, and more!
"Praise (III)" by George Herbert
There is but joy and grief;
If either will convert us, we are thine:
Some Angels us'd the first; if our relief
Take up the second, then thy double line
And sev'rall baits in either kinde
Furnish thy table to thy minde.
"Affliction (V)" by George Herbert

In news:

THEFT, N CHURCH DRIVE: A catalytic converter was stolen from a vehicle Oct 19 while it was parked in the Georgetown Arms parking lot.
Get your catalytic converter 'etched' to help make them traceable.
There will be free catalytic converter etchings done from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday, Oct 27, at Palladio in Folsom.
Like hundreds of people in the Sacramento Valley have discovered, catalytic converter s are like gold to thieves.
Rash of catalytic converter thefts reported.
Police report a new rash of catalytic converter s stolen from Toyota Sequoias that occurred Monday night.
Pro Vigil Catalytic Converter Theft + 9 Ways to Stop Catalytic Converter Thieves.
Crime Analysis Unit map depicts all catalytic converter thefts from January to August 14, 2012.
A thief cut a catalytic converter valued at $1,200 from the exhaust system of a car parked at Athens Regional Medical Center between 6:45 am and 7:30 pm Thursday, Athens-Clarke police said.
Toyota Pickups Targets for Catalytic Converter Thefts.
Toyota pick-ups seem to be the prime targets of thieves who are using hack saws to cut catalytic converter s from vehicles to sell to recyclers for the precious metals they contain.
Gmpp Erod Engine Swap Rebirth Of The Green Movement Catalytic Converter .
This is what makes the system smog compliant, as the spacing of the converter to the exhaust port is no more than 17 inches long.
Over the last month, the El Dorado County Sheriff's Department has taken 15 (15) theft reports for catalytic converter s.
Valley mechanics say they're seeing a spike in customers who have had their Catalytic converter s stolen.

In science:

The naive T > 0 analysis assumes ˜S (3) ≪ ǫ ˜R to convert Eq. (6) into a decoupled equation for ˜R(Φ).
Field theory of statics and dynamics of glasses: rare events and barrier distributions
We have used the Sheth-Tormen prescription throughout, with the mass variance σ2 (M ) computed using the transfer function fits of Eisenstein & Hu (1999) and masses converted from M180Ω to M∆c assuming an NFW profile (Navarro, Frenk & White 1997) with c = 5.
Weak Lensing as a Calibrator of the Cluster Mass-Temperature Relation
Luminosity must be converted to mass for the lensing analyses, and this is usually done with the empirical Faber–Jackson relation L/L∗ = (σ/σ∗ )γ where σ is the velocity dispersion.
Rethinking Lensing and Lambda
Then a coupling that makes the system open must convert the evolution operator u to a contractive operator ˆA such that 1 − ˆA† ˆA ≥ 0.
Random Matrices close to Hermitian or unitary: overview of methods and results
Incident photons convert at the photocathode and enter an acceleration stage, with cross-focused electron optics, requiring applied voltages up to −20 KV.
Development of a Hybrid Photo-Diode and its Front-End Electronics for the BTEV Experiment