Definitions for: Converse


[n] a proposition obtained by conversion
[adj] turned about in order or relation; "transposed letters"
[adj] of words so related that one reverses the relation denoted by the other; "`parental' and `filial' are converse terms"
[v] carry on a conversation



Webster (1913) Definition: Con*verse" (k[o^]n*v[~e]rs"), v. i. [imp. & p. p.
Conversed; p. pr. & vb. n. Conversing.] [F. converser, L.
conversari to associate with; con- + versari to be turned, to
live, remain, fr. versare to turn often, v. intens. of
vertere to turn See Convert.]
1. To keep company; to hold intimate intercourse; to commune;
-- followed by with.

To seek the distant hills, and there converse With
nature. --Thomson.

Conversing with the world, we use the world's
fashions. --Sir W.
Scott.

But to converse with heaven - This is not easy.
--Wordsworth.

2. To engage in familiar colloquy; to interchange thoughts
and opinions in a free, informal manner; to chat; --
followed by with before a person; by on, about,
concerning, etc., before a thing.

Companions That do converse and waste the time
together. --Shak.

We had conversed so often on that subject. --Dryden.

3. To have knowledge of, from long intercourse or study; --
said of things.

According as the objects they converse with afford
greater or less variety. --Locke.

Syn: To associate; commune; discourse; talk; chat.


Con"verse, n.
1. Frequent intercourse; familiar communion; intimate
association. --Glanvill.

``T is but to hold Converse with Nature's charms,
and view her stores unrolled. --Byron.

2. Familiar discourse; free interchange of thoughts or views;
conversation; chat.

Formed by thy converse happily to steer From grave
to gay, from lively to severe. --Pope.


Con"verse, a. [L. conversus, p. p. of convertere. See
Convert.]
Turned about; reversed in order or relation; reciprocal; as,
a converse proposition.


Con"verse, n.
1. (Logic) A proposition which arises from interchanging the
terms of another, as by putting the predicate for the
subject, and the subject for the predicate; as, no virtue
is vice, no vice is virtue.

Note: It should not (as is often done) be confounded with the
contrary or opposite of a proposition, which is formed
by introducing the negative not or no.

2. (Math.) A proposition in which, after a conclusion from
something supposed has been drawn, the order is inverted,
making the conclusion the supposition or premises, what
was first supposed becoming now the conclusion or
inference. Thus, if two sides of a sides of a triangle are
equal, the angles opposite the sides are equal; and the
converse is true, i.e., if these angles are equal, the two
sides are equal.


A B | A => B B => A
------+----------------
f f | t t
f t | t f
t f | f t
t t | t t

Synonyms: antonymous, backward, discourse, reversed, transposed

See Also: argue, chaffer, chat, chatter, chitchat, claver, confab, confabulate, contend, debate, fence, gossip, interview, jaw, natter, proposition, question, speak, talk, visit

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