Definition of convertible in English:



  • 1Able to be changed in form, function, or character.

    ‘a living room that is miraculously convertible into a bedroom’
    • ‘The three storey accommodation is easily convertible to a capacious yet intimate restaurant.’
    • ‘Serena's domination, of course, is directly convertible into dollars.’
    • ‘Finally, it is possible to buy convertible terms, which allow consumers to switch into other life contracts without further medical investigation.’
    • ‘Broadband internet access will be available for each student and all apartments will be readily convertible to a multitude of domestic layouts.’
    • ‘Should there be foldout or convertible sofa beds planned for any other rooms?’
    • ‘And not only eminently convertible Victorian primaries are in trouble.’
    • ‘Some of the larger German stadia include areas of convertible seating, introduced mainly because of the demands of Uefa and Fifa.’
    • ‘One of my purchases was a convertible padded bra.’
    • ‘But they can postpone the dilution if they add another condition, or contingency, to the standard convertible terms.’
    • ‘This would usually be a level-term policy with a convertible option which allows you the choice of renewing the life policy in the future, based on your health when you bought the initial term insurance.’
    • ‘No payments will be paid for 3 years, and at that time it will be convertible into equity if he chooses (which he probably will).’
    • ‘After reassessing the project, the government decided to cancel the original design for a convertible roof.’
    • ‘They provided loans which were convertible to equity on certain conditions.’
    • ‘Again the convertible mechanism varied from one sofa bed to another.’
    • ‘Undoubtedly, his most ingenious wartime design was a convertible shipping crate for a Bofors 90 mm antiaircraft gun.’
    • ‘Police say the weapons were seized as it is suspected that they breach the 1982 Firearms Act, which prohibits the selling of readily convertible blank firing weapons.’
    • ‘There was a queen-size bed, convertible sofa, and pull-down bunk.’
    • ‘Police are working to stop the flow of convertible guns into Britain, but growing sales on uncontrolled internet sites are worrying.’
    changeable, able to be changed, exchangeable
    adaptable, adjustable, modifiable
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    1. 1.1(of a car) having a folding or detachable roof.
      ‘his white convertible Mercedes’
      • ‘Despite our country's uncertain climate - or maybe because of it - sales of convertible cars in Ireland have increased dramatically in recent years.’
      • ‘There is projected growth in the convertible market in Europe.’
      • ‘The convertible segment represents 300,000 U.S. sales annually.’
      • ‘What's more, a coupe and a convertible version of the G6 are coming.’
      • ‘After that, following the industry trend, a steel roof coupé / convertible model will be unveiled at the Frankfurt show in September.’
      • ‘As I approach 40 I think it is high time I got myself the convertible car I've been dreaming of for 20 years.’
      • ‘Of interest to convertible die-hards will be the configuration of the roof which is in the process of being finalised.’
      • ‘Volvo safety engineers have perfected a head protection inflatable curtain for convertible cars which will appear in the next generation of the company's convertibles.’
      • ‘They approached a convertible car recently left abandoned on the street, and both climbed in.’
      • ‘You enjoy the soundtrack a lot more in the convertible version, and I could often be found in tunnels, gearing down, top down, and enjoying the soundtrack of this engine.’
      • ‘Travis strolled down the main avenue leading to the Capital high rise watching the convertible cars fly overhead to avoid the street traffic.’
      • ‘A £38,000 BMW M3 convertible car, which had been stolen in a commercial burglary in Leeds, was recovered in East Bowling.’
      • ‘This includes return flights from Dublin via Newark, 14 nights accommodation, six-day convertible car hire, taxes and insurance.’
      • ‘A few days ago, the singer was driving in her convertible Mini Cooper with Sean in the back, facing forward - not a good idea says the State of California.’
      • ‘This lets workers do the convertible roof assembly, allowing convertibles to go down the same line as the sedans.’
      • ‘Of course you get jealous of those people with nice convertible cars.’
      • ‘Sometimes I think a retractable roof over the backyard would be a good idea: one that I could slide out when needed like a convertible car.’
      • ‘A mother and daughter in a silver convertible BMW with its roof down, were chased and targeted by the violent rider of a Vespa-type moped.’
      • ‘Some of the convertible cars speeding beneath us rode topless.’
      • ‘There were many efforts to create convertible versions of the old Mini of years gone by, but all involved aftermarket conversions, some of which were pretty rough around the edges.’
    2. 1.2(of currency) able to be converted into other forms, especially into gold or US dollars.
      • ‘Permanent, stable, and convertible currencies were introduced in Lithuania and Latvia in 1993.’
      • ‘Thus, Studwell notes, promises in the early 1980s that the currency would be convertible as early as 1993 are now put off well into the future.’
      • ‘He did not expect the yuan would become fully convertible in the next five to 10 years.’
      • ‘Nasdaq would form a trading platform once the rupee was made fully convertible.’
      • ‘Besides, what this would mean is that the air time would then be sold in any convertible currency, further removing the focus on the US dollar.’
      • ‘Donations can be made in any convertible currency.’
      • ‘In the 1950s European currencies were not convertible and domestic trade was highly protected.’
      • ‘The gold standard is a monetary system in which paper money is freely convertible into a fixed amount of gold.’
      • ‘Pegging has typically been a way to substantiate the value of a local currency against the world's convertible currencies and to stabilize the exchange rate.’
      • ‘Other currencies would be convertible to dollars at fixed exchange rates.’
      • ‘He has imposed his own choice for the country's currency - with a convertible link to the German Mark - and his preference for the design of new coins.’
      • ‘In the late nineteenth century, for example, most currencies were convertible into gold, effectively fixing their exchange rates.’
      • ‘And it has to have the feature of a fully convertible currency, which the Bahamas doesn't have today.’
      • ‘Banks will soon stop conducting dollar transactions, and companies or people with dollar-denominated accounts will have to change them to convertible pesos.’
      • ‘The dollar became the only currency still convertible to gold on demand - but only by treasuries and banks, not individuals.’
      • ‘However, current-account deficits are not very useful as warning signals for countries that have fully convertible currencies.’
      • ‘These interventions involved buying or selling financial assets payable in U.S. dollars or other convertible currencies.’
      • ‘Hong Kong has a strong rule of law, its currency is fully convertible, and there are no restrictions on capital.’
      • ‘Late at night, the cargoes leave for another country, where they are sold for dollars or another convertible currency.’
      • ‘But at the same time, the country was economically bankrupt and the population was clamoring for a stable, convertible currency.’
      negotiable, disposable, usable, realizable, obtainable, spendable
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    3. 1.3(of a bond or stock) able to be converted into ordinary or preference shares.
      • ‘Convertible preferreds work in the same way as convertible bonds.’
      • ‘However, as the convertible bond and the stock can move independently, the arbitrageur can lose on both the bond and the stock, which means the position carries risk.’
      • ‘The remainder is invested into common and preferred stock, and cash and convertible bonds, which can be transformed into equity at an investor's discretion.’
      • ‘Thus, the number of convertible bond prices that can be examined is limited to the availability of nonconvertible corporate bonds in the same cell the convertible bond belongs in.’
      • ‘The Tokyo Stock Exchange will relax its rules on issuing convertible bonds to prevent the hollowing out of the domestic market, a press report said yesterday.’
      • ‘It buys the convertible bonds of a company and shorts the underlying stock.’
      • ‘This allows us to get a first yield spread estimate and, thus, a first price estimate of the equivalent nonconvertible bond for a greater number of convertible bonds.’
      • ‘It has been supported financially by 75-per-cent stakeholder High Fashion International through the issue of convertible notes.’
      • ‘Those enterprises that have managed to maintain good investment-grade credit ratings may be able to raise capital by selling convertible bonds.’
      • ‘The market for convertible bonds in particular has picked up steam as companies rush to raise funds while global interest rates remain low.’
      • ‘This chart shows the performance of a convertible bond as the stock price rises.’
      • ‘Unlike with regular bonds, however, you can exchange your convertible bond for stock in the company at a certain price.’
      • ‘The approach, which makes an assumption about the functional form of the yield premium, drastically increases the number of convertible bonds examined.’
      • ‘‘I would never have thought of convertible bonds on my own,’ he says.’
      • ‘His results, however, are specific model dependent and constitute a test of the particular model employed rather than a test of the pricing behaviour of convertible bonds.’
      • ‘The evidence provided in this paper suggests an underpricing of convertible bonds to the extent that negative conversion option prices are often implied.’
      • ‘Investors favor convertible bonds when stocks are falling because they combine the protection offered by a bond and the potential to profit if the underlying shares rally.’
      • ‘Attracted by the opportunity for arbitrage with the stock market, hedge funds have also been big buyers of convertible bonds.’
      • ‘Sometimes, there are very attractive companies that don't have straight high-yield bonds but they do have convertible bonds.’
      • ‘Furthermore, some of the violations documented in this case can also be the result of nonsynchronous trading between the convertible bond and the underlying stock.’
    4. 1.4Logic (of terms) synonymous.
      • ‘Euclid uses Analogy and Proportion as convertible terms.’
      • ‘Toward the end of Eureka, he increasingly phrases his points in tautological formats, such as "symmetry and consistency are convertible terms."’


  • 1A car with a folding or detachable roof.

    • ‘This lets workers do the convertible roof assembly, allowing convertibles to go down the same line as the sedans.’
    • ‘Who wouldn't like to drive a convertible for a week during early March in Michigan?’
    • ‘The Germans offer station wagons, coupes and convertibles, even hatchbacks, in several series.’
    • ‘When these show up in configurations such as convertibles and station wagons, the rest might as well pack up their slide rules or get on the bus.’
    • ‘Traditional wood is still available (in two finishes) which works equally well with brown trim as used on the convertible I drove in the afternoon.’
    • ‘Or, will the new convertible simply eat into sedan sales?’
    • ‘Jesse moved past her and got into his convertible, pulling the roof up overhead.’
    • ‘The suspension settings have also been adapted from the coupe to suit the convertible's ride characteristics.’
    • ‘Late last year, a two-door coupe made its way to the market, and this year 2006, a two-door convertible will be rolling off the highways.’
    • ‘The boot is of a reasonable size and compared to other convertibles, the roof does not intrude.’
    • ‘As a quick test, imagine you're in a convertible shooting down some west coast highway (as in California, not Wales), one hand on an illusory steering wheel.’
    • ‘Another convertible that caught the eye came from the U.S.’
    • ‘It was surmised that it was all due to the limited demand that time for coupes and also due to the high price of both models - the coupe and the convertible.’
    • ‘It's also said to have better bending rigidity than either a coupe or a convertible.’
    • ‘It will probably rain later, but for now, Tristan Campbell has lowered the convertible's roof, letting the heat and light envelop him.’
    • ‘Then he drove his convertible into a tree, killing himself and another.’
    • ‘One of the boxes was so big we had to open the roof of the Chrysler convertible in order to get it onto the back seat.’
    • ‘But at the same time, the platform is so solid it's hard to believe the car is a convertible.’
    • ‘Most soft-top convertibles seem like a good idea at the time.’
    • ‘Any pulling power seemed to be confined to the engine, as far as I was concerned, and I found the overall look of the car rather staid; without the personality of, say, the Saab convertible.’
    soft-top, ragtop, targa
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  • 2A convertible security.

    • ‘Take your pick: junk bonds, convertibles, emerging market debt, muni debt, credit default swaps, equities and, of course, unprecedented excesses throughout mortgage finance.’
    • ‘Because of this attractive feature, the interest rate on convertibles is usually lower.’
    • ‘But hedge funds, brokerages, and traders have gobbled up convertibles and sold the issuers' stock short, forcing the markets yet lower.’
    • ‘Higher-premium convertibles act more like bonds since it's less likely that they will offer the chance for a profitable conversion.’
    • ‘The current boom in zero-coupon convertibles owes much to the volatility of the equity market.’
    • ‘At their most basic, convertibles provide a sort of security blanket for investors wishing to participate in the growth of a particular company they're unsure of.’
    • ‘Investments such as stocks and shares in a company, bonds and debentures issued by companies, governments or public authorities, warrants and convertibles, all confer on the investor rights against the issuer.’
    • ‘If rates rise and stocks fall, convertibles might not do more than crawl.’
    • ‘The price of the convertibles has fallen dramatically in line with the shares and they are now yielding 19 per cent to the first ‘poison put’ date in December of next year.’
    • ‘If these bonds were regular convertibles, they could be swapped for stock as soon as the price reached $56.50.’
    • ‘Thanks to the equity correction we've had over the past year or so, a lot of convertibles are trading at yields that are competitive with high-yield debt.’
    • ‘‘The rating agencies don't give you any equity credit for convertibles, so we see the contingency feature bringing that disparity into line through the accounting rules,’ says Malcolm.’
    • ‘When John P. Calamos Sr. started buying convertibles in the 1970s, most investors thought of cars, not bonds.’
    • ‘We also rate funds in their individual categories, such as international, high-yield, and convertibles, comparing them only with their peers.’
    • ‘We target 15% annualized returns for our convertibles products and 12% to 15% in our high-yield products.’
    • ‘This is a relatively modest discount to the equity return, but an acceptable one in the context of the additional capital value protection offered by convertibles.’
    • ‘From a financial standpoint, convertibles work well for a number of reasons.’


Late Middle English (in the sense interchangeable): from Old French, from Latin convertibilis, from convertere turn around (see convert).