Simple Definition of converter
: a piece of equipment that changes something (such as radio signals, radio frequencies, or data) from one form to another
Full Definition of converter
: one that converts: as a : the furnace used in the Bessemer process b or convertor \-ˈvər-tər\ : a device employing mechanical rotation for changing electrical energy from one form to another (as from direct current to alternating current or vice versa); also : a radio device for converting one frequency to another c : a device for adapting a television or radio receiver to receive channels or frequencies for which it was not originally designed <a cable converter> <FM converter> d : a device that accepts data in one form and converts it to another <analog-digital converter> e : catalytic converter
Did You Know?
Converters come in many forms. Travelers to foreign countries who bring along their electric razors or hair dryers always pack a small electric converter, which can change direct current to alternating current or vice versa. In 2009 millions of Americans bought digital-analog converters, small box-shaped devices that change the new broadcast digital signal to the analog signal that older TV sets were made to receive. A catalytic converter is the pollution-control device attached to your car's exhaust system that converts pollutants such as carbon monoxide into harmless form.
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