• WordNet 3.6
    • adj converse turned about in order or relation "transposed letters"
    • adj converse of words so related that one reverses the relation denoted by the other "`parental' and `filial' are converse terms"
    • v converse carry on a conversation
    • n converse a proposition obtained by conversion
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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.
    • Converse (Math) A proposition in which, after a conclusion from something supposed has been drawn, the order is inverted, making the conclusion the supposition or premises, what was first supposed becoming now the conclusion or inference. Thus, if two sides of a sides of a triangle are equal, the angles opposite the sides are equal; and the converse is true, i.e., if these angles are equal, the two sides are equal.
    • Converse (Logic) A proposition which arises from interchanging the terms of another, as by putting the predicate for the subject, and the subject for the predicate; as, no virtue is vice, no vice is virtue.
    • Converse Familiar discourse; free interchange of thoughts or views; conversation; chat. "Formed by thy converse happily to steer
      From grave to gay, from lively to severe."
    • Converse Frequent intercourse; familiar communion; intimate association. "“T is but to hold Converse with Nature's charms, and view her stores unrolled."
    • Converse To engage in familiar colloquy; to interchange thoughts and opinions in a free, informal manner; to chat; -- followed by with before a person; by on about concerning, etc., before a thing. "Companions
      That do converse and waste the time together."
      "We had conversed so often on that subject."
    • Converse To have knowledge of, from long intercourse or study; -- said of things. "According as the objects they converse with afford greater or less variety."
    • Converse To keep company; to hold intimate intercourse; to commune; -- followed by with. "To seek the distant hills, and there converse With nature.""Conversing with the world, we use the world's fashions.""But to converse with heaven -
      This is not easy."
    • a Converse Turned about; reversed in order or relation; reciprocal; as, a converse proposition.
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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.
    • converse To keep company; associate; hold intercourse: followed by with.
    • converse To talk informally with another; have free intercourse in mutual communication of opinions and sentiments by spoken words; interchange thoughts by speech; engage in discourse: followed by with before the person addressed, and on before the subject.
    • converse To have sexual commerce. Guardian. Synonyms To speak, discourse, chat.
    • n converse Acquaintance by frequent or customary intercourse; familiarity: as, to hold converse with persons of different sects, or to hold converse with terrestrial things.
    • n converse Conversation; familiar discourse or talk; free interchange of thoughts or opinions.
    • n converse Sexual commerce.
    • converse Turned about; transposed; reciprocal.
    • n converse A part answering or corresponding to another, but differing from it in nature and required to make it complete; a complement; a counterpart: as, the hollows in a mold in which a medal has been cast are the converse of the parts of the medal in relief. [Converse is often used incorrectly in the sense of reverse— that is, the opposite, the contrary.
    • n converse In logic: Either of the pair of relations which subsist between two objects, with reference to each other: thus, the relation of child to parent is the converse of the relation of parent to child. One of a pair of propositions having the same subject and predicate or antecedent and consequent, but in the reversed order. Thus, the proposition that every isosceles triangle has two of its angles equal is the converse of the proposition that every triangle having two angles equal is isosceles. See conversion, 2.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Converse kon-vėrs′ to have intercourse: to talk familiarly
    • n Converse familiar intercourse: conversation
    • adj Converse reversed in order or relation
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  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    “There is no conversation more boring than the one where everybody agrees.”
  • Dorothy Nevill
    Dorothy Nevill
    “The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.”
  • George Santayana
    “The primary use of conversation is to satisfy the impulse to talk.”
  • Seneca
    “Conversation has a kind of charm about it, an insinuating and insidious something that elicits secrets just like love or liquor.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “She has lost the art of conversation, but not, unfortunately, the power of speech.”
  • Jonathan Swift
    “One of the very best rules of conversation is to never, say anything which any of the company wish had been left unsaid.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. converser, L. conversari, to associate with; con-, + versari, to be turned, to live, remain, fr. versare, to turn often, v. intens. of vertere, to turn See Convert
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. convertĕre, conversumcon, and vertĕre, to turn.


In literature:

I should like to be able to send you these charming conversations, these enchanting conversations, but it is not in me.
"The Women of the French Salons" by Amelia Gere Mason
His conversation seemed to excite a general though languid interest.
"Crime and Punishment" by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The supper terminated, the king's friends remained some time conversing with us.
"Memoirs of the Comtesse du Barry" by Baron Etienne Leon Lamothe-Langon
Two footmen, the princess' and his own, stood holding a shawl and a cloak, waiting for the conversation to finish.
"War and Peace" by Leo Tolstoy
Clearly he was not at all anxious to bring the conversation to an end.
"Title: The Idiot" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Whatever might be their rank, they crowded into it, and conversed familiarly with him.
"Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay" by George Otto Trevelyan
Besides, the "de" which had been prefixed to his name, raised him to the rank of the person with whom he was conversing.
"Ten Years Later" by Alexandre Dumas, Pere
The terraces were empty, but from the coffee-houses along the drive there came a cheerful rattle of cups, a hum of conversation.
"Long Live the King" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
I do not believe that he knew, after a half-hour's conversation with me, whether I was man or woman.
"The Golden Dog" by William Kirby
I remarked their English accents and listened vaguely to their conversation.
"Dubliners" by James Joyce

In poetry:

Beside smooth streams, where alleys and green gardens meeting
Ran downward to the flood with marble steps, a throng
Came forth of all the folk, at even, gaily greeting,
With echo of sweet converse, jest, and stately song.
"The Land Of Pallas" by Archibald Lampman
And when they met they conversed on the events of the day,
Then the King unto them quickly did say,
If we knew where the enemy were, we would work them skaith;
Then Lord James said, I'll lead you where they are, by my faith.
"Adventures of King Robert the Bruce" by William Topaz McGonagall
Full many a shining wit one sees,
With tongue on all things well conversing;
The what can charm, the what can please,
In every nice detail rehearsing.
Their raptures so transport the college,
It seems one honeymoon of knowledge.
"Breadth And Depth" by Friedrich von Schiller
Me yap's a dud. No matter 'ow I try,
Me conversation ain't the dinkum brand.
I'm 'opin' that she don't bust out an' cry:
It makes me nervis. But I understand.
Over an' over I can 'ear 'er say,
"An' Spadgers less than fifty mile away!"
"A Woman's Way" by C J Dennis
The sun and moon, with wat'ry eye,
Our vicious conversations 'spy,—
The earth too groans; because so ill we live —
Angels are pain'd at heart the while;
Because we Christians are so vile, And for our manifold transgressions grieve.
"To The Sons Of Brutus" by Rees Prichard
Filial affection glow'd within his breast,
By him the laws of duty were confess'd:
Fraternal love its early influence shed,
And sympathy its willing captive led.
In converse easy, elegant, and free,
He pleas'd us by his sweet simplicity;
"Lines" by Elizabeth Bath

In news:

I used my Reverse Time Machine to have another conversation with Oog, the caveman , and I thought you'd like to hear what he has to say about things which affect all of us.
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Editor's note: Below is a lightly edited transcript of a conversation between Healthy Living columnist Delise Dickard and Dr Alessio Fasano of the University of Maryland's Center for Celiac Research.
Oh and so you don't have to do the conversion, 30 ounces is almost 2 pounds.
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To that end, they've had conversations with the Milwaukee Brewers about former Met Mike Cameron.
Replacement and Conversion of CFC Chillers Slower Than Expected Assuring Steady Demand for Non- CFC Units for a Decade.
The Coupons and Conversation Club is open to everyone on the first and third Tuesday of each month.
Instead of making cute little conversation pieces out of the chia seedlings, we should have been eating them.
Community San Bernardino County 'Perspectives' Is A Visual Conversation On Chicano , Latino Life.
I recently had a telephone conversation with a client of mine who has been in practice for a few years.
But if chicken-pox -by-mail sounds like a good idea to you, then I'm going to have to abandon the polite conversation and bring out the verbal two-by-fours.
Some of our most exciting projects have come about through conversations at the show during tougher times.

In science:

Furthermore, if W is a faithful module, the converse is also true.
Generalized vertex algebras generated by parafermion-like vertex operators
It is a pleasure to thank him for many conversations and probing questions, from which I have benefited enormously. I am also grateful to Swapneel Maha jan, Richard Stanley, and Michelle Wachs for helping me with Appendix C.
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains
Conversely, suppose A is not split semisimple.
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains
Conversely, suppose des(C, C ′ ) ⊆ type(F ).
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains
For the converse, it suffices to show that if (i) holds and C is a chamber not in D, then there is a hyperplane H ∈ A separating C from D.
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains