con·​vert·​er | \ kən-ˈvər-tər How to pronounce converter (audio) \

Definition of converter

: one that converts: such as
a : the furnace used in the Bessemer process
b or convertor \ kən-​ˈvər-​tər How to pronounce convertor (audio) \ : 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

Examples of converter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The contrast reflects a shift in production towards petrol and hybrid cars, which tend to use greater quantities of palladium in their converters, and away from diesel engines, which use more platinum. The Economist, "Rhodium ride Why are rhodium prices on a roll?," 23 Jan. 2020 The officer said the converter was cut away from the truck. cleveland, "Man steals kielbasa, not kishka: Middleburg Heights Police Blotter," 9 Jan. 2020 The power outlets are European, so bring a converter to plug in your phone and other devices. Melissa Yeager, azcentral, "The first cruise from Rocky Point has set sail. Here's what we know," 9 Jan. 2020 An example of an extension could be a currency converter, which could be accessed via a button on the Chrome taskbar. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Google will wind down Chrome apps starting in June," 15 Jan. 2020 Thanks to more powerful electric motors, a beefier lithium-ion battery and booster converter, that's an 83 horsepower boost over the non-plug-in, hybrid version of the RAV4. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, "From zero to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds, Toyota puts pedal to metal with 2021 RAV4 Prime plug-in SUV," 20 Nov. 2019 Police confirmed the Skyview Lodge property owner’s claim that cut marks were visible on the metal pipes that house the converter under the bus. Brian Lisik, cleveland, "Resident reports prescription drugs missing from mailbox: Brunswick Hills Township Police Blotter," 15 Dec. 2019 Smaller stations were broadcast on UHF, which viewers needed a separate antenna and converter to receive. New York Times, "Emilio Nicolas Sr., 88, a Creator of Univision, Dies," 25 Oct. 2019 To access channels 14 and higher (UHF), people had to buy antennas and converters. Los Angeles Times, "Emilio Nicolas Sr., Spanish-language media trailblazer who gave us Univision, dies," 23 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of converter

1533, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of converter was in 1533

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“Converter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of converter

technical : a piece of equipment that changes something (such as radio signals, radio frequencies, or data) from one form to another

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