a.1.Being or succeeding by turns; one following the other in succession of time or place; by turns first one and then the other; hence, reciprocal.
And bid alternate passions fall and rise.
- Pope.
2.Designating the members in a series, which regularly intervene between the members of another series, as the odd or even numbers of the numerals; every other; every second; as, the alternate members 1, 3, 5, 7, etc. ; read every alternate line.
3.(Bot.) Distributed, as leaves, singly at different heights of the stem, and at equal intervals as respects angular divergence.
Alternate alligation
See Alligation.
Alternate angles
(Geom.) the internal and angles made by two lines with a third, on opposite sides of it. It the parallels AB, CD, are cut by the line EF, the angles AGH, GHD, as also the angles BGH and GHC, are called alternate angles.
Alternate generation
(Biol.) See under Generation.
n.1.That which alternates with something else; vicissitude.
2.A substitute; one designated to take the place of another, if necessary, in performing some duty.
3.(Math.) A proportion derived from another proportion by interchanging the means.
v. t.1.To perform by turns, or in succession; to cause to succeed by turns; to interchange regularly.
[imp. & p. p. Alternated; p. pr. & vb. n. Alternating.]
v. i.1.To happen, succeed, or act by turns; to follow reciprocally in place or time; - followed by with; as, the flood and ebb tides alternate with each other.
Rage, shame, and grief alternate in his breast.
- J. Philips.
2.To vary by turns; as, the land alternates between rocky hills and sandy plains.
Noun1.alternate - someone who takes the place of another person
Verb1.alternate - go back and forth; swing back and forth between two states or conditions
Synonyms: jump
2.alternate - exchange people temporarily to fulfill certain jobs and functions
3.alternate - be an understudy or alternate for a role
Synonyms: understudy
4.alternate - reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action)
5.alternate - do something in turns; "We take turns on the night shift"
Synonyms: take turns
Adj.1.alternate - every second one of a series; "the cleaning lady comes on alternate Wednesdays"; "jam every other day"- the White Queen
2.alternate - allowing a choice; "an alternative plan"
Synonyms: alternative
3.alternate - occurring by turns; first one and then the other; "alternating feelings of love and hate"
Synonyms: alternating
4.alternate - of leaves and branches etc; first on one side and then on the other in two ranks along an axis; not paired; "stems with alternate leaves"
opposite, paired - of leaves etc; growing in pairs on either side of a stem; "opposite leaves"
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Altern base
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Alternate alligation
Alternate angles
Alternate generation
Alternatica petitio non est audienda
Alternating bit protocol
Alternating current
Alternation of generation
alternation of generations
alternative birth
alternative birthing
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