Definition of converter in US English:


(also convertor)


  • 1A person or thing that converts something.

    ‘the converter of a building to domestic use’
    • ‘Does anyone know of a converter that lets them burn CDs without the extra time?’
    • ‘Central testing at Tully is unique in that it can identify those bulls that are efficient feed converters.’
    • ‘The devices have not been used on cranes and concrete mixers because white smoke was emitted during testing certain kinds of converters.’
    • ‘Armed with his euro convertor from the wee hours yesterday morning, no barman was going to pull the wool over his eyes.’
    • ‘The raw material is usually melted in a cupola and weighed amounts charged into the converter.’
    • ‘Their water converter broke on day two and they only had 40 days worth of supplies.’
    • ‘But preaching to the converters is not going to help in the Midwest.’
    • ‘And the thing is, modern cities are shot through with running water, all of which could be outfitted with converters to turn our plumbing into a new source of energy.’
    • ‘These metals are gaining in popularity for use in jewelry and are also important in manufacturing auto converters that reduce pollution.’
    • ‘The rhetoric now divides the party between the converters and the persuaders.’
    • ‘Most self-builders and converters are first timers.’
    • ‘Cash converters take the principle a step further, in that customers actually sell goods to the shop and then buy them back some time later.’
    • ‘He added ‘It is a matter of making the effort to understand the new scale of values in euro and metric terms, with the help of various ready reckoners and euro converters available.’’
    • ‘So the advertising campaigns along with the delivery of the euro converters has been one of the board's greatest successes’
    • ‘The world's first full scale wave converter has been completed and is set to arrive in Orkney on Thursday.’
    • ‘They produce good quality milk, are good on their feet and are good converters of forage, which is essential in an organic context.’
    • ‘If possible, choose the latter as converters add their own problems.’
    • ‘She is the most efficient converter of forage to milk and of course this is a holstein.’
    • ‘Most of the customers are equipped with euro converters and know exactly how much their money is worth and how much they are spending.’
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    1. 1.1 A device for altering the nature of an electric current or signal, especially from AC to DC or vice versa, or from analog to digital or vice versa.
      • ‘The structure has possible uses as a transistor or wavelength converter in optical circuits.’
      • ‘Although the DC / DC converter has a large current consumption of its own, it has a high power conversion efficiency.’
      • ‘In such a case, we must amplify the photocurrent to a level that can be converted to a digital signal by an analog-to-digital converter.’
      • ‘One common-sense suggestion from Marines was to make power converters a standard part of an electrician's equipment so local power could be converted for field use.’
      • ‘Despite recent advances, traditional analog-to-digital converters are still not fast enough to capture these lightning-quick waveforms.’
      • ‘Setting up the hardware is simple (presuming you've already got that broadband router) as you just have to plug the phone into the converter and the converter into your router - there isn't even any software to install.’
      • ‘The digital filter output data is converted to a current-mode analog waveform by a digital-to-analog converter.’
      • ‘To keep the battery charged, an electric car needs a DC-to-DC converter.’
      • ‘Since a low-capacity sub DC-DC converter supplies the dark current, the battery discharge can be prevented.’
      • ‘Both instruments have an analog-to-digital converter that samples the signal and converts the voltage level to a number.’
      • ‘I doubt I will need to charge more than one at once, but I heard something about the converters being imperfect.’
      • ‘In the early days of analog, the customer interface device was called a converter.’
      • ‘What's more, the industry has switched its focus from offering high-end boxes that do everything but cook dinner to more rudimentary, less expensive converters that can deliver digital signals and elementary interactive services.’
      • ‘In addition, you will probably have to invest in a microphone that is specially equipped with an analog-to-digital converter and a USB connector.’
      • ‘It requires copying the video to a digital file on the computer using an analog converter.’
      • ‘The key to digital recording is analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters.’
      • ‘The controller additionally provides a charging system for the batteries, and a DC-to-DC converter to recharge the 12-volt accessory battery.’
      • ‘On the way back, I figured the same thing would happen, packed the convertor in my checked luggage, and then discovered I was in a seat that was, in fact, equipped with an outlet.’
      • ‘On the other hand, the two-piece device comes into two separate systems - a converter and a cable descrambler which are interconnected and serve the same scope.’
      • ‘All units have their own on-board microprocessors, power convertors and clock recovery circuits.’
    2. 1.2 A retort used in steelmaking.
      • ‘An assistant swung the converter back into the crucible, leaving the smith free to turn his attention to the liquid steel in the mould.’
      • ‘The mathematical modeling of the process of a supersonic oxygen jet interaction with the surface of a liquid metal in a steel-making converter was carried out.’
    3. 1.3
      • ‘One made of stainless steel will help you avoid damages to your converter.’
      • ‘Such richness in the fuel-to-air ratio would also cause the catalytic converter to run hotter than normal, a condition that may lead to the eventual failure of the converter.’
      • ‘‘The converters are the same providing they are for the same model application,’ explains one of the companies.’
      • ‘Fitting converters was a requirement for new cars in Europe, America and Japan from the early 1980s, so Neil bought an imported Japanese car.’
      • ‘The new converters are mounted closer to the exhaust manifold for quicker lightoff and reduced cold-start emissions.’
      • ‘This is achieved through a catalyst, usually rhodium or platinum that lines the inside of the converter.’
      • ‘The information contained in the mark includes the converter's precise build time, date, and manufacturing process parameters.’
      • ‘Combining the attributes of two complimentary energy converters yields significant mileage and emissions gains, particularly in urban driving.’
      • ‘Its speed can be influenced by the waste-gate valve, which is controlled by the pressure-driven converter.’
      • ‘It is a mixture of silicon and aluminum so as to make the converter more efficient.’
      • ‘Because of this, the structure of these converters are quite complex although easy to understand.’
      • ‘Assuming that the converter had separated internally and was intermittently plugging the exhaust outlet, a new unit was installed.’
      • ‘However, these converters do not last for very long, and so after a while cars will be polluting without the driver even knowing!’
      • ‘The other features to look for in a catalytic converter are heavy gauge construction, proper heat shielding around the converter, and ‘high flow’ design.’
      • ‘The main role of the converter is to take the gases that are produced by the engine and transform them in less toxic gases that are more ecological.’
      • ‘‘Though a dual-plane is often the best choice for the street, a single-plane will work if the car is light and has lots of gear or a loose converter,’ said Wilson.’
    4. 1.4Computing A program that converts data from one format to another.
      • ‘Oh, and if it's got an audio file format converter thrown in too, so much the better.’
      • ‘First, does anyone know of a PDF to HTML converter that works under Linux?’
      • ‘Adding another programmer means you have time to implement more features, optimize and debug code, make file format converters, and other things which get you more customers.’
      • ‘The gap between HTML and PDF has been bridged by an advanced PDF to HTML converter in recent data visualization software.’
      • ‘Any other formats have to be converted using a file converter.’
    5. 1.5 A camera lens which changes the focal length of another lens by a set amount.
      ‘a camera fitted with a x2 converter’
      • ‘The solid, fixed converter lens and/or accessory mount with its small, 28 mm threaded ring creates an immediate link to an idea few other manufacturers have exploited, and none as well as Nikon.’
      • ‘Most major camera manufacturers produce a range of lens converters to increase the flexibility of the camera's fixed lens.’