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 converter (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 Catalytic converter thefts rising Milwaukee Police Department spokesman Sgt. Raquel Rutledge, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'It should have never happened there': Crime at St. Luke's hospital parking lot upends patient's life," 6 Apr. 2021 Cutting through the rebar to get to a converter would ruin an electrical saw blade, which can cost up to $15. James E. Causey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Thefts of catalytic converters spike in Milwaukee and other Wisconsin cities. What you can do to deter thieves.," 16 Apr. 2021 Inside the casing are two Cirrus digital-to-analog converter chips which can turn digital music files into beautiful analog music. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, "This Small Dongle Brings Hi-Fi Sound To Your Phone," 12 Apr. 2021 Catalytic converter thefts keep on rising as the pandemic continues, in some cases to an eye-popping degree. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, "LA Sheriff Finds $750K Worth of Catalytic Converters, Arrests 19 in Sting," 15 Mar. 2021 The converter had been itemized for return to a parts dealer. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Investigations at local hotels continue: Orange Police Blotter," 20 Mar. 2021 The fountain pen is filled by cartridge or converter, and its steel nib is available in extra fine, fine, medium and broad sizes. Nancy Olson, Forbes, "What’s Your Shade? Writing Instruments For Spring," 19 Mar. 2021 Catalytic converter thefts have always plagued car owners in big cities, but reports of such thefts have skyrocketed since the beginning of the pandemic. Los Angeles Times, "Today’s Headlines: The Afghanistan dilemma," 15 Mar. 2021 If space is a major concern, consider getting a desk converter or a portable workstation that can serve as your small home office desk. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "Best home office desk: Standing desks, office tables, and more," 25 Feb. 2021

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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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1 May 2021

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“Converter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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