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 convertor (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 The converter works in combination with two sets of planetary gears engaged by one-way disc clutches and locked by brake bands, with a 2.46-to-one first and a 1.46-to-one intermediate. Car and Driver, "Tested: 1964-1/2 Ford Mustang," 17 Apr. 2020 Rescanning your television takes a few minutes and is free, simply select scan or autotune from the television or converter box control menu to begin. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, "FCC: Antenna TV users in Detroit must rescan their TVs to continue free programming," 25 Mar. 2020 The system’s 250 kW energy storage inverter, 500 kW DC fast charge converter, and 500 kWh battery could charge an aircraft the size of Beta’s forthcoming 6-passenger Alia—which has a 350 kWh battery pack—in about one hour, Palombini says. Eric Adams, Wired, "A Rest Stop Where Flying Cars Can Recharge," 29 Mar. 2020 Most vehicles try to run in the highest gear possible with the converter clutch engaged for good fuel economy. Brad Bergholdt,, "Under the Hood: Ridgeline experiencing mysterious surges," 22 Nov. 2019 Either a torque-converter or dual-clutch transmission would have added at least 60 pounds, Polaris says. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "2020 Polaris Slingshot Still Perplexes Us," 23 Jan. 2020 The headphone jack is even connected to a high quality digital-to-analog converter that keeps the audio sounding great. Julian Chokkattu, Wired, "Hands On With LG's New V60 ThinQ, a Huge Phone With a Removable Second Screen," 26 Feb. 2020 The contrast reflects a shift in production towards petrol and hybrid cars, which tend to use greater quantities of palladium in their converters, and away from diesel engines, which use more platinum. The Economist, "Rhodium ride Why are rhodium prices on a roll?," 23 Jan. 2020 The officer said the converter was cut away from the truck. cleveland, "Man steals kielbasa, not kishka: Middleburg Heights Police Blotter," 9 Jan. 2020

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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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“Converter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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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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