- unauthorized assumption and exercise of rights of ownership over personal property belonging to another.
- change from realty into personalty, or vice versa, as in the sale or purchase of land or mining coal.
- the process of changing software designed to run on one computer system to run on another.
- the change from an existing computer system to a new computer system.
- the act of transferring or copying data stored on one storage medium to another storage medium.
- the process of changing the base that a number or numbers are written in.
Origin of conversion
Examples from the Web for conversion
Indeed, every teacher is expected to be a Muslim by birth or conversion.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President|Pierre Assouline|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Experts hypothesize the painting represents the “conquest dance,” a Christian conversion ritual still performed to this day.7 Historically Significant Artifacts Rescued by Happenstance|The Daily Beast|October 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That conversion is something Florida resident Tom Quigley, the man behind the CannaEd conference, understands well.
Yes, but the act of conversion is the heart of the Southern Baptist brand.Did the Southern Baptist ‘Conservative Resurgence’ Fail?|Molly Worthen|June 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A conversion of the Hagia Sophia into a mosque would have international implications.
Our scrupulous soldiers feel edified at my conversion, and now no longer reproach me with too much love for joy, wine and women!The Casque's Lark|Eugne Sue
No man dreamed of giving up his Slaves because of his conversion.The Way to Abolish Slavery|Charles Stearns
There was no flies on my conversion, I can tell you; I 'ad real live scruples; I'd been thinkin' too much.General Bramble|Andr Maurois
When you perceive the effects of conversion, never question the cause.The Sheepfold and the Common, Vol. II (of 2)|Timothy East
The period of the first attempts at conversion was not well chosen.Sweden|Victor Nilsson
British Dictionary definitions for conversion
- a change or adaptation in form, character, or function
- something changed in one of these respects
- unauthorized dealing with or the assumption of rights of ownership to another's personal property
- the changing of real property into personalty or personalty into realty
- an alteration to a car engine to improve its performance
- (as modifier)a conversion kit
Word Origin for conversion
Word Origin and History for conversion
mid-14c., originally of religion, from French conversion, from Latin conversionem (nominative conversatio), noun of action from past participle stem of convertere (see convert (v.)). General sense of "transformation" is early 15c. Of buildings, from 1921. Conversion disorder "hysteria" (attested from 1946 but said to have been coined by Freud) was in DSM-IV (1994).