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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v convert change in nature, purpose, or function; undergo a chemical change "The substance converts to an acid"
    • v convert change the nature, purpose, or function of something "convert lead into gold","convert hotels into jails","convert slaves to laborers"
    • v convert exchange or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category "Could you convert my dollars into pounds?","He changed his name","convert centimeters into inches","convert holdings into shares"
    • v convert exchange a penalty for a less severe one
    • v convert change from one system to another or to a new plan or policy "We converted from 220 to 110 Volt"
    • v convert change religious beliefs, or adopt a religious belief "She converted to Buddhism"
    • v convert cause to adopt a new or different faith "The missionaries converted the Indian population"
    • v convert make (someone) agree, understand, or realize the truth or validity of something "He had finally convinced several customers of the advantages of his product"
    • v convert score (a spare)
    • v convert complete successfully "score a penalty shot or free throw"
    • v convert score an extra point or points after touchdown by kicking the ball through the uprights or advancing the ball into the end zone "Smith converted and his team won"
    • n convert a person who has been converted to another religious or political belief
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A Protesting Convert A Protesting Convert
Side view of Bessemer converter Side view of Bessemer converter
Bessemer Converting Vessel Bessemer Converting Vessel

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Former U.S. President William Taft converted the White House stable into a four car garage in 1909
    • Convert A lay friar or brother, permitted to enter a monastery for the service of the house, but without orders, and not allowed to sing in the choir.
    • Convert A person who is converted from one opinion or practice to another; a person who is won over to, or heartily embraces, a creed, religious system, or party, in which he has not previously believed; especially, one who turns from the controlling power of sin to that of holiness, or from unbelief to Christianity. "The Jesuits did not persuade the converts to lay aside the use of images."
    • Convert To apply to any use by a diversion from the proper or intended use; to appropriate dishonestly or illegally. "When a bystander took a coin to get it changed, and converted it, [it was] held no larceny."
    • v. i Convert To be turned or changed in character or direction; to undergo a change, physically or morally. "If Nebo had had the preaching that thou hast, they [the Neboites] would have converted .""A red dust which converth into worms.""The public hope
      And eye to thee converting ."
    • Convert To cause to turn; to turn. "O, which way shall I first convert myself?"
    • Convert (Logic) To change (one proposition) into another, so that what was the subject of the first becomes the predicate of the second.
    • Convert To change or turn from one belief or course to another, as from one religion to another or from one party or sect to another. "No attempt was made to convert the Moslems."
    • Convert To change or turn from one state or condition to another; to alter in form, substance, or quality; to transform; to transmute; as, to convert water into ice. "If the whole atmosphere were converted into water.""That still lessens
      The sorrow, and converts it nigh to joy."
    • Convert To exchange for some specified equivalent; as, to convert goods into money.
    • Convert To produce the spiritual change called conversion in (any one); to turn from a bad life to a good one; to change the heart and moral character of (any one) from the controlling power of sin to that of holiness. "He which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death."
    • Convert To turn into another language; to translate. "Which story . . . Catullus more elegantly converted ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first black and white motion picture to be digitally converted to color was "Yankee Doodle Dandy", the 1942 biography of George M. Cohen.
    • convert To cause to turn; turn; turn round.
    • convert To change or turn, as into another form or substance or, by exchange, into an equivalent thing; transmute; transform: as, to convert grain into spirits; to convert one kind of property into another; to convert bank-notes into gold.
    • convert To change from one state or condition to another: as, to convert a barren waste into a fruitful field; to convert rude savages into civilized men.
    • convert In theology, to change the purpose, direction, and spirit of the life of (another) from one of self-seeking and enmity toward God to one of love toward God and man; turn from an evil life to a holy one.
    • convert To change or turn from one religion to another, or from one party or sect to another, especially from one that is regarded as false to one that is regarded as true.
    • convert To turn from one use or destination to another; divert from the proper or intended use; specifically, in law, of personal property, unlawfully to assume ownership of, or to assert a control over, inconsistent with that of the owner; appropriate without right to one's own use, or intentionally deprive of its use the one having the right thereto.
    • convert In logic, to transform by conversion. See conversion, To turn into or express in another language; translate.
    • convert To turn in course or direction; turn about.
    • convert To be changed; undergo a change.
    • convert To experience a change of heart; change the current of one's life from worldliness or selfishness to love of God and man.
    • n convert A person who is converted from one opinion or practice to another; one who renounces one creed, religious system, or party, and embraces another: used particularly of those who change their religious opinions, but applicable to any change from one belief or practice to another.
    • n convert In theology, one who has been changed, as to the purpose and direction of his life, from sin to holiness.
    • n convert In monasteries, a lay friar or brother admitted to the service of the house, without orders, and not allowed to sing in the choir.
    • convert In ship-building: To work up, as rough plank or timber, into the shape required for use on a vessel.
    • convert To alter so as to change the type to which a vessel belongs: as, to convert a steamer into a sailing-ship.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The game that would become Scrabble was created by an unemployed architect, Alfred Mosher Butts in the early 1930s. He called it Lexiko, then Criss Cross Words and then sold the rights to James Brunot. In 1948 it was renamed Scrabble and was manufactured in a converted school house in Connecticut. Bruno sold the game to Selchow and Righter, who were bought out by Coleco in 1987, and in 1989 Milton Bradley bought it. More than 100 million Scrabble games have been sold worldwide.
    • v.t Convert kon-vert′ to change or turn from one thing, condition, or religion to another: to change from an irreligious to a holy life: to alter one thing into another: to apply to a particular purpose
    • n Convert one converted: one who has become religious, or who has changed his religion
    • n Convert that which is the opposite of another: a proposition converted or turned about—i.e. one in which the subject and predicate have changed places
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  • D. H. Lawrence
    “I believe that a man is converted when first he hears the low, vast murmur of life, of human life, troubling his hitherto unconscious self.”
  • John L. Mason
    John L. Mason
    “The aim of education should be to convert the mind into living fountain, and not a reservoir.”
  • Bible
    “Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. [Mathew]”
  • Joseph Addison
    “The disease of jealously is so malignant that is converts all it takes into its own nourishment.”
  • Frederick W. Faber
    Frederick W. Faber
    “Kindness has converted more sinners than zeal, eloquence, or learning.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “The laws of each are convertible into the laws of any other.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. convertere, -versum,; con-, + vertere, to turn: cf. F. convertir,. See Verse


In literature:

But to forbid conversion would be obviously impossible, and we in fact allow Christian converts to change their legal status.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen
In fact we have here a repetition of the treatment of the Pammakaristos (p. 151), when converted into a mosque.
"Byzantine Churches in Constantinople" by Alexander Van Millingen
Converts are a responsible joy.
"Things as They Are" by Amy Wilson-Carmichael
Once it was a convert-schoolboy who saw a widow with a baby in her arms.
"Lotus Buds" by Amy Carmichael
It consumed them gratefully, converting them into mass.
"The Leech" by Phillips Barbee
They were not the least likely to convert me to their own desperate intensity of feeling.
"The Red Hand of Ulster" by George A. Birmingham
Why long before that time we'll convert him, and ten to one he'll draw up the document.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Could they have been genuine converts, these Marranos, or New Christians?
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
For 1908 the slogan was, Convert the public school teachers.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume VI" by Various
In this war it is the custom to convert the village churches into hospitals.
"The Note-Book of an Attache" by Eric Fisher Wood
His story of the converted Atheist shoemaker displays a faculty which has no scope in a sermon on Tennyson.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
If we can convert the heathen, why not convert those nearest home?
"The Ghosts" by Robert G. Ingersoll
Still, the following expression of a young lady convert of Wesley's offers a fair parallel to the specimen given above.
"Religion & Sex" by Chapman Cohen
Sidonia converts the sentiment into a theory.
"Hours in a Library" by Leslie Stephen
And thus it is with many a young convert.
"The Way to God and How to Find It" by Dwight Moody
How many do even now-a-days rather perish in sin and misery, than be converted!
"Christology of the Old Testament: And a Commentary on the Messianic Predictions. Vol. 2" by Ernst Hengstenberg
I never yet knew a man converted just in the time and manner he expected to be.
"Men of the Bible" by Dwight Moody
If ever a woman was thoroughly converted to this idea I have been, and in this spirit I accept the charge.
"The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony (Volume 2 of 2)" by Ida Husted Harper
Solid land has been converted into sea.
"Principles of Geology" by Charles Lyell
With water it is slowly converted into the dioxide.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 7" by Various

In poetry:

Or if I stray, he doth convert,
And bring my minde in frame:
And all this not for my desert,
But for his holy name.
"The Twenty-Third Psalme" by George Herbert
See his fierce reviler Saul,
How he rails with impious breath!
Then observe converted Paul
Oft in perils, oft in death.
"The True Heroes : Or, The Noble Army Of Martyrs" by Hannah More
Though she's unkind, I'll never drown,
Nor dangle in a rope."
He pinn'd it to the roast meat down,
Converting verse to sop.
"The Lover" by William Hutton
What wonders shall thy gospel do!
Thy converts shall surpass
The num'rous drops of morning dew,
And own thy sovereign grace.
"Psalm 110" by Isaac Watts
Those God did use us to convert,
We there with joy shall meet,
And jointly shall, with all our heart,
In life each other greet.
"Of Heaven" by John Bunyan
He took a little in his mouth,
And held it long enough for north
To be converted into south,
And then by measure blew it forth.
"The Aim Was Song" by Robert Frost

In news:

The home was converted from a corncrib .
Four of the most important emission control systems used today are the catalytic converter, air injection system, EGR or Exhaust Gas Recirculation and Positive Crankcase Ventilation.
A Hooversville man is acting on that mentality and is starting to convert gasoline engines to propane.
Cree 10,000-Watt SiC converter at electronica 2010.
Crystal Vision now allows broadcast engineers to synchronize sources timed to a different reference or correct any processing delays while up or down converting.
CTC International has introduced a smaller version of its CS1224 "Clamshell" Splicer, engineered for non-stop packaging and converting applications.
BofI Holding Announces Mandatory Conversion of 6 Percent Series B Non- Cumulative Perpetual Convertible Preferred Stock.
The Fancy wants to convert its design-minded browsers into buyers.
Varian Medical Systems Chooses Data Conversion Laboratory to Convert Critical Technical Documentation to DITA XML.
JESD204B vs Serial LVDS I/F for wideband data converter apps.
Simulating the Effect of Blockers on Data Converter Performance in Wideband Receivers.
(vl-get-resource) returns the data list as a text string, so you must convert it to a usable list with the following line of code: (setq DATA_LIST (read DATA_LIST)).
Even then, most small-town theaters hadn't yet converted to CinemaScope.
The city announced on Wednesday that it's converting obsolete phone booths into Wi-Fi hot spots, starting with ten spots in Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn that have already been hooked up for free Internet access.
The entrance of Rackspace's headquarters, converted from a defunct mall in San Antonio.

In science:

In the same limit, the sum in Eq. (22) can be converted to an integral.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
The question is whether the nonstandard situation corresponds to any physics, i.e., whether it is possible to find such a transformation that converts the oscillator into a physical system with a coupling constant α, being a function of E, and energy ε, depending on ω .
Dyon-Oscillator Duality
Nevertheless, as is shown below, there is a construction that converts an FH-cps to a coherent cps. I now consider some standard ways of getting a cps starting with an unconditional representation of uncertainty.
Conditional Plausibility Measures and Bayesian Networks
Correspondingly, ˆτ 6= 0 just provides a coupling that makes the system open and converts the fundamental operator ˆA = ˆu√1 − ˆτ ˆτ † to a contraction: 1 − ˆA† ˆA = τ τ † ≥ 0.
Spectra of Random Contractions and Scattering Theory for Discrete-Time Systems
Finally we would like to convert the integrations at eq. (4.18) into those over a set of N − 3 SL(2, R) invariant cross ratios.
Worldsheet and Spacetime Properties of p-p' System with B Field and Noncommutative Geometry
The Fourier transform converts the convolution of functions P and Q into the (argumentwise) multiplication of their transforms bP and bQ, i.e., \P ∗ Q(ρ) = bP (ρ) bQ(ρ).
Random walks on wreath products of groups
Since decision trees can be hard to read, the decision tree is converted to a set of production rules, which are more intelligible to the user.
Meta-Learning for Phonemic Annotation of Corpora
This implies that very long timescales (several Gyrs) are needed to convert the ISM into a significant stellar component.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
The resolution of this is to remember that T-duality requires compactification on a circle, and converts momentum into winding number.
IIA/B, Wound and Wrapped
The mapping between the two theories converts D-string winding into longitudinal momentum, and NS5-branes into M5-branes.
IIA/B, Wound and Wrapped
The net effect is to convert each Sj into a disk embedded in the boundary of M 1 ∪ (2-handles).
Dual 2-complexes in 4-manifolds
Einstein’s equation showed that a tiny amount of mass could, in principle, be converted into a tremendous amount of energy.
How the sun shines
An important part of the area of physics known as “statistical physics” is the study of phase transitions, at which the system converts from one state to another.
Computer Science in Physics
We cannot convert this sum to a single determinant in this case; the condition P ti = 0 means that we do not have a periodic infinite sum.
Random Walk in an Alcove of an Affine Weyl Group, and Non-Colliding Random Walks on an Interval
We can convert the sum to a sum of determinants by interchanging the order of summation and taking out the constant factor k !.
Random Walk in an Alcove of an Affine Weyl Group, and Non-Colliding Random Walks on an Interval