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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Conversion  \Con*ver"sion\,  n.  [L.  conversio:  cf  F.  conversion. 
  See  {Convert}.] 
  1.  The  act  of  turning  or  changing  from  one  state  or  condition 
  to  another,  or  the  state  of  being  changed;  transmutation; 
  change. 
 
  Artificial  conversion  of  water  into  ice.  --Bacon. 
 
  The  conversion  of  the  aliment  into  fat.  --Arbuthnot. 
 
  2.  The  act  of  changing  one's  views  or  course,  as  in  passing 
  from  one  side  party,  or  from  of  religion  to  another; 
  also  the  state  of  being  so  changed.  ``Conversion  to 
  Christianity.''  --Prescott. 
 
  3.  (Law)  An  appropriation  of  and  dealing  with  the  property 
  of  another  as  if  it  were  one's  own  without  right  as  the 
  conversion  of  a  horse. 
 
  Or  bring  my  action  of  conversion  And  trover  for  my 
  goods.  --Hudibras. 
 
  4.  (Logic)  The  act  of  interchanging  the  terms  of  a 
  proposition,  as  by  putting  the  subject  in  the  place  of  the 
  predicate,  or  the  contrary. 
 
  5.  (Math.)  A  change  or  reduction  of  the  form  or  value  of  a 
  proposition;  as  the  conversion  of  equations;  the 
  conversion  of  proportions. 
 
  6.  (Mil.) 
  a  A  change  of  front,  as  a  body  of  troops  attacked  in  the 
  flank. 
  b  A  change  of  character  or  use  as  of  smoothbore  guns 
  into  rifles. 
 
  7.  (Theol.)  A  spiritual  and  moral  change  attending  a  change 
  of  belief  with  conviction;  a  change  of  heart;  a  change 
  from  the  service  of  the  world  to  the  service  of  God;  a 
  change  of  the  ruling  disposition  of  the  soul,  involving  a 
  transformation  of  the  outward  life. 
 
  He  oft  Frequented  their  assemblies,  .  .  .  and  to 
  them  preached  Conversion  and  repentance,  as  to  souls 
  In  prison  under  judgments  imminent.  --Milton. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  conversion 
  n  1:  an  event  that  results  in  a  transformation  [syn:  {transition}, 
  {changeover}] 
  2:  a  change  in  the  units  or  form  of  an  expression:  "conversion 
  from  Fahrenheit  to  Centigrade 
  3:  a  score  in  American  football  made  on  a  try  for  points  after 
  a  touchdown  [syn:  {point  after},  {extra  points}] 
  4:  a  spiritual  enlightenment  causing  a  person  to  lead  a  new 
  life  [syn:  {rebirth},  {spiritual  rebirth}] 
  5:  a  defense  mechanism  represses  emotional  conflicts  which  are 
  then  converted  into  physical  symptoms  that  have  no  organic 
  basis 
  6:  interchange  of  subject  and  predicate  of  a  proposition 
  7:  act  of  exchanging  one  type  of  money  or  security  for  another 
  8:  the  act  of  changing  from  one  use  or  function  or  purpose  to 
  another 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Conversion 
  the  turning  of  a  sinner  to  God  (Acts  15:3).  In  a  general  sense 
  the  heathen  are  said  to  be  converted"  when  they  abandon 
  heathenism  and  embrace  the  Christian  faith;  and  in  a  more 
  special  sense  men  are  converted  when  by  the  influence  of  divine 
  grace  in  their  souls,  their  whole  life  is  changed,  old  things 
  pass  away  and  all  things  become  new  (Acts  26:18).  Thus  we  speak 
  of  the  conversion  of  the  Philippian  jailer  (16:19-34),  of  Paul 
  (9:1-22),  of  the  Ethiopian  treasurer  (8:26-40),  of  Cornelius 
  (10),  of  Lydia  (16:13-15),  and  others  (See  {REGENERATION}.) 
 




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