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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Convert  \Con*vert"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Converted};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Converting}.]  [L.  convertere,  -versum;  con-  +  vertere 
  to  turn:  cf  F.  convertir.  See  {Verse}.] 
  1.  To  cause  to  turn;  to  turn.  [Obs.] 
 
  O,  which  way  shall  I  first  convert  myself?  --B. 
  Jonson 
 
  2.  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. 
  --T.  Burnet. 
 
  That  still  lessens  The  sorrow,  and  converts  it  nigh 
  to  joy.  --Milton. 
 
  3.  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. 
  --Prescott. 
 
  4.  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.  --Lames  v.  20. 
 
  5.  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.  --Cooley. 
 
  6.  To  exchange  for  some  specified  equivalent;  as  to  convert 
  goods  into  money. 
 
  7.  (Logic)  To  change  (one  proposition)  into  another,  so  that 
  what  was  the  subject  of  the  first  becomes  the  predicate  of 
  the  second 
 
  8.  To  turn  into  another  language;  to  translate.  [Obs.] 
 
  Which  story  .  .  .  Catullus  more  elegantly  converted. 
  --B.  Jonson 
 
  {Converted  guns},  cast-iron  guns  lined  with  wrought-iron  or 
  steel  tubes.  --Farrow. 
 
  {Converting  furnace}  (Steel  Manuf.),  a  furnace  in  which 
  wrought  iron  is  converted  into  steel  by  cementation. 
 
  Syn:  To  change;  turn;  transmute;  appropriate. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Convert  \Con*vert"\,  v.  i. 
  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.  --Latimer. 
 
  A  red  dust  which  converth  into  worms.  --Sandys. 
 
  The  public  hope  And  eye  to  thee  converting.  --Thomson. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Convert  \Con"vert\,  n. 
  1.  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.  --Bp. 
  Stillingfleet 
 
  2.  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. 
 
  Syn:  Proselyte;  neophyte. 
 
  Usage:  {Convert},  {Proselyte},  {Pervert}.  A  convert  is  one 
  who  turns  from  what  he  believes  to  have  been  a  decided 
  error  of  faith  or  practice.  Such  a  change  may  relate 
  to  religion,  politics,  or  other  subjects.  properly 
  considered,  it  is  not  confined  to  speculation  alone, 
  but  affects  the  whole  current  of  one's  feelings  and 
  the  tenor  of  his  actions.  As  such  a  change  carries 
  with  it  the  appearance  of  sincerity,  the  term  convert 
  is  usually  taken  in  a  good  sense  Proselyte  is  a  term 
  of  more  ambiguous  use  and  application.  It  was  first 
  applied  to  an  adherent  of  one  religious  system  who  had 
  transferred  himself  externally  to  some  other  religious 
  system;  and  is  also  applied  to  one  who  makes  a  similar 
  transfer  in  respect  to  systems  of  philosophy  or 
  speculation.  The  term  has  little  or  no  reference  to 
  the  state  of  the  heart.  Pervert  is  a  term  of  recent 
  origin,  designed  to  express  the  contrary  of  convert, 
  and  to  stigmatize  a  person  as  drawn  off  perverted  from 
  the  true  faith.  It  has  been  more  particulary  applied 
  by  members  of  the  Church  of  England  to  those  who  have 
  joined  the  Roman  Catholic  Church. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  convert 
  n  :  one  who  has  been  converted  to  another  religious  or  political 
  belief 
  v  1:  change  from  one  system  to  another;  "We  converted  from  220  to 
  110  Volt"  [syn:  {change  over}] 
  2:  change  the  nature  of  something  "convert  lead  into  gold" 
  3:  change  religious  beliefs,  or  adopt  a  religious  belief;  "She 
  converted  to  Buddhism" 
  4:  exchange  or  replace  with  another,  usually  of  the  same  kind 
  or  category;  "Could  you  convert  my  dollars  into  pounds?" 
  "He  changed  his  name"  [syn:  {change},  {exchange},  {commute}] 
  5:  cause  to  adopt  a  different  faith;  "The  missionaries 
  converted  the  Indian  population" 
  6:  make  someone  agree,  understand,  or  realize  the  truth  or 
  validity  of  something  "He  had  finally  convinced  several 
  customers  of  the  advantages  of  his  product"  [syn:  {win 
  over},  {convince},  {turn}] 
  7:  exchange  a  penalty  for  a  less  severe  one  [syn:  {commute},  {exchange}] 
  8:  change  in  nature;  esp.  undergo  a  chemical  change;  "The 
  substance  converts  to  an  acid" 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  CONVERT 
 
  1.  String  processing  language,  combined  the  pattern  matching 
  and  transformation  operations  of  COMIT  with  the  recursive  data 
  structures  of  Lisp.  "Convert",  A.  Guzman  et  al  CACM 
  9(8):604-615  (Aug  1966). 
 
  2.  Early  language  to  convert  programs  and  data  from  one 
  language  to  another.  "CONVERT  Manual",  OLI  Systems  Inc  (Oct 
  1976). 
 
 




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