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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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 Transmission fluid is being flung around inside the converter, but not very forcefully. Bob Weber,, "Shifting from manual to automatic transmission can be a grind," 21 Jan. 2018 Prices are listed in U.S. dollars or U.K. pounds (use an online currency converter to estimate what the item will cost you in dollars); taxes and delivery charges are extra. David Rising,, "From chicken to condoms, marketers cash in on royal wedding," 18 May 2018 The researchers suggest that all of the expensive detector and signal processing equipment can be replaced with a field programmable gate array (FPGA) and an analog-to-digital converter. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Lidar system images bullet in flight," 30 Mar. 2018 Three years and one Apple boot camp later, his free measurement-converter app, Quickvert, has been downloaded more than 1,000 times on the App Store., "Apple Teaches India’s Kid Coders to Win at the App Store," 24 Apr. 2018

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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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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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