Expression and exchange of individual ideas through talking with other people; also, a set instance or occasion of such talking.
* 1699 , ,
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- Study gives strength to the mind; conversation , grace: the first apt to give stiffness, the other suppleness: one gives substance and form to the statue, the other polishes it.
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(fencing) The back-and-forth play of the blades in a bout.
(obsolete) Interaction; commerce or intercourse with other people; dealing with others.
* 1526 , (William Tyndale), trans. Bible , Acts XI:
(archaic) Behaviour, the way one conducts oneself; a person's way of life.
*, New York Review of Books, 2001, p.50:
- Yt chaunsed thatt a whole yere they had their conversacion with the congregacion there, and taught moche people insomoche thatt the disciples off Antioche we the fyrst that wer called Christen.
(obsolete) Sexual intercourse.
* 1723 , Charles Walker, Memoirs of the Life of Sally Salisbury :
- There are many that take no heed what happeneth to others by bad conversation , and therefore overthrow themselves in the same manner through their own fault, not foreseeing dangers manifest.
* 1749 , (Henry Fielding), , Folio Society 1973, p. 333:
- (Ariadne)quitted her Lover (Theseus), for the tumultuous Conversation of (Bacchus).
(computing) The protocol-based interaction between systems processing a transaction.
- The landlady therefore would by no means have admitted any conversation of a disreputable kind to pass under her roof.
* (expression and exchange of ideas through talking) banter, chat, chinwag, dialogue, discussion, interlocution, powwow, table talk
* conversation piece
* To make conversation means to start a conversation with someone with no other aim than to talk and break the silence.
* To have' a conversation, and to ' hold a conversation, both mean to converse.
(nonstandard, ambitransitive) To engage in conversation (with).
* 1983 , James Frederick Mason, Hélène Joséphine Harvitt, The French review
* 1989 , Robert L Gale, A Henry James encyclopedia
- Gone now are the "high-minded" style, the "adapted from literature" feel, the voice-over narration, and the abstract conversationing about ideas, values...
* 2002 , Georgie Nickell, I Only Smoke on Thursdays
- ...he has breakfasted me, dined me, conversationed me, absolutely caressed me. He has been really most kind and paternal...
- After all this conversationing , Scottie, my usual dance partner, was getting antsy and wanted to dance.
The act of converting something or someone.
- His conversion to Islam
* Francis Bacon
- The conversion of the database from ASCII to Unicode
(computing) A software product converted from one platform to another.
* 1988 , Crash (issue 59, December 1988)
- Artificial conversion of water into ice.
(chemistry) A chemical reaction wherein a substrate is transformed into a product.
(rugby) A free-kick, after scoring a try, worth two points.
(American football) An extra point scored by kicking a field goal after scoring a touchdown.
(marketing) An online advertising performance metric representing a visitor performing whatever the intended result of an ad is defined to be.
(legal) Under the common law, the tort of the taking of someone's personal property with intent to permanently deprive them of it, or damaging property to the extent that the owner is deprived of the utility of that property, thus making the tortfeasor liable for the entire value of the property.
- Mike Follin also programmed the Spectrum version of The Sentinel'' (97%, Issue 40), and the excellent coin-op conversions ''Bubble Bobble'' (90%, Issue 45) and ''Bionic Commando (92%, Issue 53).
- the conversion of a horse
(linguistics) The process whereby a new word is created without changing the form, often by allowing the word to function as a new part of speech.
(obsolete) The act of turning round; revolution; rotation.
(logic) The act of interchanging the terms of a proposition, as by putting the subject in the place of the predicate, or vice versa.
(math) A change or reduction of the form or value of a proposition.
- Or bring my action of conversion / And trover for my goods.
- the conversion''' of equations; the '''conversion of proportions