or con·ver·tor

[kuh n-vur-ter]


Nearby words

  1. convert,
  2. convertase,
  3. converted,
  4. converted rice,
  5. converted steel,
  6. converter reactor,
  7. convertible,
  8. convertible bond,
  9. convertible debenture,
  10. convertible insurance

Origin of converter

First recorded in 1525–35; convert1 + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for convertor

  • The steel itself as it was poured from the convertor was found to be not more than one-sixty-fourth as hot as the sun.

British Dictionary definitions for convertor




a person or thing that converts
  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 convertor



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for convertor



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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