con·​vert·​er | \kən-ˈvər-tər \

Definition of converter 

: one that converts: such as

a : the furnace used in the Bessemer process

b or convertor \kən-​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

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The sound driver inside each ear cup has been tuned to match the sonic signature of Audio-Technica’s previous model, and the built-in digital to analog converter further ensures a consistent sound, no matter what device is connected. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Audio-Technica makes its best-selling M50x headphones wireless," 30 Oct. 2018 Units is actually useful, a converter, but yes, a lot of games. WSJ, "‘The Mobile Industry’s Never Seen Anything Like This’: An Interview With Steve Jobs at the App Store’s Launch," 25 July 2018 Elsewhere, the audio-grade digital-to-analogue converter (DAC) and amplifier components are carefully designed to ensure the signal stream can deliver high-quality audio reproduction. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Audio Technica announces its first-ever true wireless earbuds," 29 Aug. 2018 The experts said their inspection of the debris also turned up power converters produced by a Japanese company and Cyrillic markings on components, suggesting a possible Russian link. Fox News, "UN experts say Iran might want to help end war in Yemen," 31 July 2018 Photographer: Dania Maxwell/Bloomberg A worker checks and cleans steel slabs in a storage area at the converter shop at the Novolipetsk Steel PJSC plant in Lipetsk, Russia., "Bloomberg’s Week in Pictures," 21 June 2018 My purse is always ready with my Sony RX100 camera; my charger for its terrible battery; two of my three portable batteries; two wall-charging blocks; a converter plug; and both a micro-USB and an iPhone cord. Jada Yuan, New York Times, "How Do You Pack for a Yearlong Trip?," 27 June 2018 Vanessa Coleman started a business called FINsix—which built an efficient and compact power converter—at MIT’s Sloan business school with three other graduate students. The Economist, "Can you teach entrepreneurship?," 7 June 2018 An unsuccessful attempt was made to steal socks, tank top T-shirts, underwear and an RCA converter box at a store. Washington Post, "Southern Maryland crime report," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of converter

1533, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of converter

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

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