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 In response to a rise in catalytic converter thefts in incidents where churches and nonprofit organizations are being targeted, the Tuscaloosa Police Department is assigning officers to patrol potential vulnerable areas. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al, 26 July 2022 Any vehicle that is high off the ground is a frequent target for catalytic converter thieves, according to the department. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al, 26 July 2022 Across the country, state governments are trying to do something about the rising number of catalytic converter thefts. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, 11 July 2022 The catalytic converter was taken from a vehicle parked in the 700 block of St. Johns Avenue between 9 p.m. March 16 and 6 a.m. March 17. Steve Sadin, chicagotribune.com, 29 Mar. 2022 The catalytic converter was gone, transmission lines cut and steering column disconnected. Elissa Welle, Detroit Free Press, 18 Feb. 2022 The catalytic converter, diesel particulate filter and other controls had been removed. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 29 Dec. 2021 However, employees noticed the catalytic converter was removed from the car later. cleveland, 23 July 2021 In both cases, catalytic converter thieves confronted by police jumped in cars and sped directly at responding officers, narrowly missing the cruisers, police have said. Jesse Leavenworth, Hartford Courant, 20 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of catalytic converter

1955, in the meaning defined above

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11 Aug 2022

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“Catalytic converter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/catalytic%20converter. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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