convertible

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A BMW convertible.

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From Old French convertible, from Late Latin convertibilis (interchangeable), from Latin convertere (to turn back, to turn over, to turn around, to turn upside down), from con- (with, together) + vertere (to turn), + -ibilis (-ible: able to). Equivalent to convert +‎ -ible.

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convertible (comparative more convertible, superlative most convertible)

  1. Able to be converted, particularly:
    1. Able to be exchanged, one for the other, especially
      • 1843, Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, book 3, ch. VI, Two Centuries
        As if, in truth, there were no God of Labour; as if godlike Labour and brutal Mammonism were convertible terms.
      1. (historical numismatics) Able to be exchanged for specie.
      2. (numismatics) Able to be exchanged for foreign currency.
      3. (finance) Able to be exchanged for a different class of security (usually common stock) under certain set terms.
    2. (logic) Able to undergo conversion (i.e., inversion) without falsehood.
    3. Able to be turned, especially
      1. (obsolete) Able to be turned in a different direction.
        • 1635, Nathanael Carpenter, Geography Delineated Forth in Two Bookes (1.4.77)
          The Axis of the Earth is supposed to haue a convertible nature.
      2. Able to be turned to a different purpose.
      3. Able to be turned to a different religion or belief.
    4. Able to be turned into a different thing, especially
      1. (vehicles) Able to change from a closed to an open frame and back again.
      2. (obsolete) Able to be easily digested.

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convertible (plural convertibles)

  1. (dated, in the plural) Interchangeable things or terms.
  2. (vehicles) A convertible car: a car with a removable or foldable roof able to convert from a closed to open vehicle and back again.
  3. (finance) A convertible security: a stock, bond, etc. that can be turned into another (usually common stock) under certain set terms.
  4. (computing) A computer able to convert from laptop to tablet and back again.

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From the verb convertir

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convertible (plural convertibles)

  1. convertible (able to be converted)

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convertible (plural convertibles)

  1. convertible

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convertible m (plural convertibles)

  1. (Latin America) convertible (car)

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