converter

or con·ver·tor

[kuh n-vur-ter]

noun


Origin of converter

First recorded in 1525–35; convert1 + -er1
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Examples from the Web for converter

Historical Examples of converter

  • According to the police, the first Converter had been stolen on Friday night.

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    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • The Converter won't be worth the stuff it's made of if they try to open it.

    Damned If You Don't

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • When the burglars had cut the leads to the Converter, everything in the lab had stopped.

    Damned If You Don't

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • He led them over to the wall where the Converter had been hidden.

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    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • Bending himself had cut them a week before to install the Converter.

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    Gordon Randall Garrett


British Dictionary definitions for converter

converter

convertor

noun

a person or thing that converts
physics
  1. a device for converting alternating current to direct current or vice versa
  2. a device for converting a signal from one frequency to another or from analogue to digital forms
a vessel in which molten metal is refined, using a blast of air or oxygenSee also Bessemer converter, L-D converter
computing a device for converting one form of coded information to another, such as an analogue-to-digital converter
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Word Origin and History for converter
n.

1530s, agent noun from convert (v.). Of machinery, from 1867.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

converter in Science

converter

[kən-vûrtər]

An electrical device that changes the form of an electric signal or power source, as by converting alternating current to direct current, or an analog signal to a digital signal. Compare rectifier transformer.
An electronic device that changes the frequency of a radio or other electromagnetic signal.
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