Definitions for: Conversion


[n] a spiritual enlightenment causing a person to lead a new life
[n] a successful free throw or try for point after a touchdown
[n] the act of changing from one use or function or purpose to another
[n] act of exchanging one type of money or security for another
[n] a change in the units or form of an expression: "conversion from Fahrenheit to Centigrade"
[n] interchange of subject and predicate of a proposition
[n] a change of religion; "his conversion to the Catholic faith"
[n] an event that results in a transformation
[n] (psychiatry) a defense mechanism represses emotional conflicts which are then converted into physical symptoms that have no organic basis



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

Synonyms: changeover, rebirth, spiritual rebirth, transition

See Also: afforestation, alteration, calculation, change, change, computation, data conversion, defence, defence mechanism, defence reaction, defense, defense mechanism, defense reaction, digitisation, digitization, dressing, exchange, extra point, figuring, interchange, isomerisation, isomerization, modification, point after, proselytism, reckoning, rectification, redemption, rhetorical device, salvation, score, shift, transformation, transmutation, transmutation, transubstantiation, unitisation, unitization

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