conversion

Something that is transformed from one state or form to another has had a conversion. The twentieth century saw the conversion from outhouses to indoor plumbing. You may oversee the conversion of your attic into an extra bedroom.

The noun conversion can be used to describe some very specific transformations. If you exchange euros for dollars, you have made a monetary conversion. If your Canadian friend tells you, "It was warm today! It got up to 28!" and you figure out that 28 degrees in Celsius is the same as 82 degrees in Fahrenheit, then you have made a mathematical conversion. If you change your religion, you've had a religious conversion.

Primary Meanings of conversion

1.
n
the act of changing from one use or function or purpose to another
2.
n
an event that results in a transformation
3.
n
(psychiatry) a defense mechanism represses emotional conflicts which are then converted into physical symptoms that have no organic basis
4.
n
a successful free throw or try for point after a touchdown
5.
n
interchange of subject and predicate of a proposition
Full Definitions of conversion
1

n the act of changing from one use or function or purpose to another

Types:
afforestation
the conversion of bare or cultivated land into forest (originally for the purpose of hunting)
dressing
processes in the conversion of rough hides into leather
transmutation, transubstantiation
an act that changes the form or character or substance of something
Type of:
change
the action of changing something

n a change in the units or form of an expression: "conversion from Fahrenheit to Centigrade"

Types:
data conversion
conversion from one way of encoding data to another way
digitisation, digitization
conversion of analog information into digital information
Type of:
calculation, computation, figuring, reckoning
problem solving that involves numbers or quantities

n act of exchanging one type of money or security for another

Types:
unitisation, unitization
conversion of an investment trust into a unit investment trust
Type of:
exchange, interchange
reciprocal transfer of equivalent sums of money (especially the currencies of different countries)
2

n an event that results in a transformation

Synonyms:
changeover, transition
Types:
glycogenesis
the conversion of glucose to glycogen when the glucose in the blood exceeds the demand
isomerisation, isomerization
the conversion of a compound into an isomer of itself
rectification
the conversion of alternating current to direct current
Type of:
shift, transformation, transmutation
a qualitative change

n a change of religion

“his conversion to the Catholic faith”
Types:
Christianisation, Christianization
conversion to Christianity
Type of:
alteration, change, modification
an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another

n a spiritual enlightenment causing a person to lead a new life

Synonyms:
rebirth, spiritual rebirth
Types:
proselytism
the state of being a proselyte; spiritual rebirth resulting from the zeal of crusading advocacy of the gospel
Type of:
redemption, salvation
(theology) the act of delivering from sin or saving from evil
3

n (psychiatry) a defense mechanism represses emotional conflicts which are then converted into physical symptoms that have no organic basis

Type of:
defence, defence mechanism, defence reaction, defense, defense mechanism, defense reaction
(psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires
4

n a successful free throw or try for point after a touchdown

Types:
extra point, point after, point after touchdown
in American football a point awarded for a successful place kick following a touchdown
Type of:
score
the act of scoring in a game or sport
5

n interchange of subject and predicate of a proposition

Type of:
rhetorical device
a use of language that creates a literary effect (but often without regard for literal significance)

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