con·​vert·​er kən-ˈvər-tər How to pronounce converter (audio)
: one that converts: such as
: the furnace used in the Bessemer process
or convertor : 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
: 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
: 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 This was followed by postdoc positions working on various aspects of power electronics, including power-quality control, and AC-to-DC and DC-to-DC converters for use in telecommunications products. IEEE Spectrum, 22 Aug. 2023 Unlike the traditional current-source converters, VSCs can regulate their own voltage. IEEE Spectrum, 28 Dec. 2023 Also, the Apple charger's use of converters, which the imitator forgoes, probably improves efficiency and enables the charger to generate less heat. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 9 Nov. 2023 Pictures from the 150-600mm and 1.4x converter look great at the wide angle but suffer at longer focal lengths. PCMAG, 1 Feb. 2024 After all, the digital-to-analog converter, the headphone amplification, and all the other hardware that goes into delivering a great music player are nothing more than afterthoughts when a company is specifying a smartphone. Simon Lucas, WIRED, 21 Dec. 2023 The computer then sent a 5-volt logic pulse through the D/A converter—which the transistor amplifier magnified and sent to the robot. IEEE Spectrum, 16 Dec. 2023 The Gemini pack also includes a proprietary battery management system and DC-DC converter to enable the NMC cells to replenish the LFP cells as they get depleted. Sam Abuelsamid, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 Despite the law, converter thefts in Texas reached new heights in 2022, NICB data showed. Jasmine Cui, NBC News, 5 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1533, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of converter was in 1533

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“Converter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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