converter

or con·ver·tor

[ kuh n-vur-ter ]
/ kənˈvɜr tər /

noun

Origin of converter

First recorded in 1525–35; convert1 + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for converter

converter

convertor

/ (kənˈvɜːtə) /

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

converter


n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for converter

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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