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convert +‎ -er



converter (plural converters)

  1. A person or thing that converts.
    • 1960 January, “The Swindon Type "4" diesel-hydraulic units”, in Trains Illustrated, pages 41–42, referring to a torque converter:
      The Mekydro transmission employs a single converter and a four-speed mechanical gearbox, which has the advantage of cheapness and simplicity for the same number of gear changes, and does away with the necessity for constantly emptying and filling converters, which tends to harm the oil by aeration.
    1. (electrical engineering) A device that changes voltage or frequency, for example one that converts alternating current to direct current.
    2. (metallurgy) A retort or furnace, used e.g. in the Bessemer process, in which molten cast iron is decarburized and converted into steel by a blast of air forced through the liquid metal.
    3. A reaction chamber in which exhaust gases are catalytically converted to carbon dioxide
    4. (computing) A program that converts one file format to another one, or which converts between different units of measurement, such as miles to meters.
      Coordinate term: unit convertor
    5. (medicine) A patient with a certain condition that subsequently develops into another condition.
    6. A device that converts an analogue to a digital signal, or vice versa.
    7. (Southern Ontario, slang) Regional term for remote control.

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  • Hyphenation: con‧ver‧ter


converter (first-person singular present converto, first-person singular preterite converti, past participle convertido)

  1. to convert (all senses); to change
  2. to transform