• WordNet 3.6
    • adj convertible capable of being changed in substance as if by alchemy "is lead really transmutable into gold?","ideas translatable into reality"
    • adj convertible capable of being exchanged for or replaced by something of equal value "convertible securities"
    • adj convertible designed to be changed from one use or form to another "a convertible sofa","a convertible coupe"
    • n convertible a car that has top that can be folded or removed
    • n convertible a sofa that can be converted into a bed
    • n convertible a corporate security (usually bonds or preferred stock) that can be exchanged for another form of security (usually common stock)
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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
    • Convertible Capable of being converted; susceptible of change; transmutable; transformable. "Minerals are not convertible into another species, though of the same genus."
    • Convertible Capable of being exchanged or interchanged; reciprocal; interchangeable. "So long as we are in the regions of nature, miraculous and improbable, miraculous and incredible, may be allowed to remain convertible terms."
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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.
    • convertible Capable of being changed in form, substance, or condition; susceptible of change; transmutable; transformable: as, iron is convertible into steel, and wood into charcoal.
    • convertible Capable of being turned into an equivalent by exchange; transformable by mutual transfer: as, bonds or scrip convertible into other securities; convertible property.
    • convertible Specifically, in banking and com., capable of being converted or changed into gold of similar amount at any time: applied to bank-notes and other forms of paper money: as, a convertible paper currency.
    • convertible Capable of being applied or turned, as to a new use.
    • convertible So constituted as to be interchangeable; equivalent in certain or all respects.
    • convertible In logic, true, or asserted to be true, after conversion or the interchange of subject and predicate. See conversion, 2.
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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.
    • adjs Convertible (obs.) that may be converted: equivalent
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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.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. convertibilis,: cf. F. convertible,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. convertĕre, conversumcon, and vertĕre, to turn.


In literature:

They were the converts of the earlier missionaries of our Church.
"By Canoe and Dog-Train" by Egerton Ryerson Young
In 1779, however, she was converted into a privateer.
"Recollections of Old Liverpool" by A Nonagenarian
He steadily progressed in his knowledge of the Scriptures, and gave very hopeful signs that he was really converted.
"The Cruise of the Mary Rose" by William H. G. Kingston
While working with the pastor he preached twice each day and forty-two persons were converted.
"Modern Persia" by Mooshie G. Daniel
Digestion and respiration are the processes, by which the food is converted into blood for the nourishment of the body.
"A Treatise on Domestic Economy" by Catherine Esther Beecher
All their available capital had been converted into stock, used in fitting up the gallery.
"History of the Negro Race in America from 1619 to 1880. Vol. 2 (of 2)" by George Washington Williams
In Sogdiana and Khorasan, they had become converts to the Mahometan faith.
"Historical Sketches, Volume I (of 3)" by John Henry Newman
Like a new convert, Livingston prophesied victory.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
Converted by 20 p.ct.
"Researches on Cellulose" by C. F. Cross
Thermo-Electricity Converting Heat Directly into Electricity Metals.
"Electricity for Boys" by J. S. Zerbe

In poetry:

Since my sadnesse
Into gladnesse,
Lord thou dost convert,
O accept
What thou hast kept,
As thy due desert.
"An Offering" by George Herbert
Or if I stray, he doth convert,
And bring my minde in frame:
And all this not for my desert,
But for his holy name.
"The Twenty-Third Psalme" by George Herbert
Vast quantities of stores did he
Embezzle and purloin;
Of the king's stores he kept a key,
Converting them to coin.
"The Viceroy. A Ballad." by Matthew Prior
See his fierce reviler Saul,
How he rails with impious breath!
Then observe converted Paul
Oft in perils, oft in death.
"The True Heroes : Or, The Noble Army Of Martyrs" by Hannah More
Though she's unkind, I'll never drown,
Nor dangle in a rope."
He pinn'd it to the roast meat down,
Converting verse to sop.
"The Lover" by William Hutton
Pa'son Hedgehog groanin' awful at his converts' shines,
'Dough he peepin' thoo his fingahs at dem movin' lines,
'Twell he cain't set still no longah w'en de fiddles sing,
Up he jump, an' bless you, honey, cut de pigeon-wing.
"De Critters' Dance" by Paul Laurence Dunbar

In news:

Bunting Magnetics, Newton, KS, USA, a producer of magnetic cylinders for the label converting and other industries, recently was honored for business excellence by several regional organizations.
As the owner of a red '68 Shelby G.T 500KR, Michael Hudock heard stories about a green KR convertible in a field in East Liverpool.
IRVING – Converted cornerback Alan Ball is the frontrunner start at free safety, Cowboys secondary coach Dave Campo said.
Scientists Claim Differentiated Cancer Cells Can Convert to Stem-Like Cells to Maintain Equilibrium.
Some owners have gone as far as converting their cars into replicas of the movie's time machine, complete with flux capacitors and Mr Fusion home-energy reactors.
J&H Printing Solutions, Inc, a distributor of flexographic printing and converting equipment, now offers a new servo driven flexo press for the folding carton and mid to wide web paper industries.
1,000 reward to bust catalytic converter thieves.
BURLINGTON TOWNSHIP — More than two dozen catalytic converter s were reported stolen Tuesday from two businesses on Route 130.
THEFT, SOUTH GREEN ROAD: On Oct 31 the owner of an automotive repair business told police that someone used an electric saw to remove the catalytic converter from a truck parked in the business's lot.
Rock wall police have had several reports of catalytic converter s getting stolen off of trucks.
Six catalytic converter s were reported stolen between Sept 16 and Oct 26 in North Glendale, according to police.
Getting your vehicle's license plate number etched onto your catalytic converter could deter thieves or, if it is stolen, help apprehend criminals.
Paper, Film & Foil Converter serves the converting and package printing industry in North America.
The Insta-DE2 is a wall converting material that instantly converts entire walls into a professional Dry-Erase Whiteboard / Projection Screen surface for use with standard or short throw projectors.
The company designs a wide range of computer to video scan converters, scalers, seamless switchers and up/down converters.

In science:

This integral has been converted to polar coordinates, with dωk−1 the solid angle infinitesimal on the unit (k − 1)-sphere Sk−1 , and ρ is the radius.
Correlations and screening of topological charges in gaussian random fields
In order to convert an energy density ε into a mass density ρ, we adopt the relation ε = ρc2 from special relativity (the equation we will arrive at can easily be made Lorentz invariant by adding appropriate time-derivatives).
Close encounters of black holes
We will not dwell on converting these results into their unconditional counterparts, rather will take an approach based on the renewal features of our model.
Bernoulli Sieve
The huge internal energy of the fireball will be converted into the bulk kinetic energy of the relativistic flow, which we call the fireball wind.
Photon Emission in a Cascade from Relativistic Protons Initiated by Residual Thermal Photons in Gamma-Ray Bursts
In the standard GRB model, the observed spectra of GRBs are interpreted in terms of the synchrotron radiation emitted by relativistic electrons, which requires that a large fraction of the kinetic energy carried by protons is efficiently converted into that of relativistic electrons in the shocked region.
Photon Emission in a Cascade from Relativistic Protons Initiated by Residual Thermal Photons in Gamma-Ray Bursts