catalytic converter

noun

Definition of catalytic converter

: an automobile exhaust-system component containing a catalyst that causes conversion of harmful gases (such as carbon monoxide and uncombusted hydrocarbons) into mostly harmless products (such as water and carbon dioxide)

Examples of catalytic converter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The catalytic converter valued at $2,100 was stolen from a car parked in the 300 block of Home Avenue between 5:30 p.m. May 12 and 7:45 a.m. May 13. chicagotribune.com, 31 May 2021 In January alone, 108 catalytic converter thefts were reported to the Denver Police Department. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 21 May 2021 Lawmakers briefed on soaring number of Utah catalytic converter thefts [Fox 13]. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 May 2021 On Tuesday, Shea tweeted a suggestion from the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators to guard against the thefts: Put an identifying mark on your catalytic converter. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, 5 May 2021 Oak Creek Police released a notice on March 10 via Facebook that catalytic converter thefts increased in the city by 163% from 2019 to 2020. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5 May 2021 The man had a catalytic converter next to him on the ground. cleveland, 23 Apr. 2021 Anyone unlawfully selling a catalytic converter will be charged with a class A misdemeanor under Mayhew’s proposal. John Haughey, Washington Examiner, 6 Apr. 2021 Toyota Priuses are a favorite target because the hybrid vehicles emit fewer toxins, leaving a cleaner and more valuable catalytic converter. Los Angeles Times, 17 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of catalytic converter

1955, in the meaning defined above

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“Catalytic converter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/catalytic%20converter. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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catalytic converter

noun

English Language Learners Definition of catalytic converter

: a part of an automobile exhaust system that removes harmful chemicals

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