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 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 Just four days earlier, someone attempted to steal another truck’s converter, according to American Canyon police. Jessica Flores, San Francisco Chronicle, "Catalytic converter thefts on the rise in Napa County," 22 Feb. 2021 But grid interconnections to an HVDC line entail a significant extra cost: a DC to AC converter station. Mike Hughlett, Star Tribune, "Great River's power line gives it leverage in any potential sale," 5 Dec. 2020 SUVs are the most common targets, as thieves don't need a jack to raise them to get under and cut out a converter. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Crackdown on catalytic converter thefts considered by Louisville Metro Council," 4 Mar. 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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7 Apr 2021

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“Converter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 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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