alternate

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English[edit]

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

Etymology[edit]

From Latin alternō (take turns), alternus (one after another, by turns), from alter (other). See altern, alter.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective, noun
  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɒlˌtɜː(ɹ).nət/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈɔl.tɚ.nət/, /ˈɑl.tɚ.nət/
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Verb
  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɒl.tə(ɹ)ˌneɪt/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈɔl.tɚ.neɪt/, /ˈɑl.tɚ.neɪt/
  • (file)

Adjective[edit]

alternate (not comparable)

  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. -Alexander Pope
  2. (mathematics) 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.
    the alternate members 1, 3, 5, 7, etc.
  3. (US) Other; alternative.
    Hyperlinked text is displayed in alternate colour in a Web browser.
  4. (botany) Distributed, as leaves, singly at different heights of the stem, and at equal intervals as respects angular divergence.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Gray to this entry?)

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Noun[edit]

alternate (plural alternates)

  1. That which alternates with something else; vicissitude.
    • Matthew Prior
      Grateful alternates of substantial.
  2. (US) A substitute; an alternative; one designated to take the place of another, if necessary, in performing some duty.
  3. (mathematics) A proportion derived from another proportion by interchanging the means.
  4. (US) A replacement of equal or greater value or function.
  5. (heraldry) Figures or tinctures that succeed each other by turns.

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Verb[edit]

alternate (third-person singular simple present alternates, present participle alternating, simple past and past participle alternated)

  1. (transitive) To perform by turns, or in succession; to cause to succeed by turns; to interchange regularly.
    • Grew
      The most high God, in all things appertaining unto this life, for sundry wise ends alternates the disposition of good and evil.
  2. (intransitive) To happen, succeed, or act by turns; to follow reciprocally in place or time; followed by with.
    The flood and ebb tides alternate with each other.
  3. (intransitive) To vary by turns.
    The land alternates between rocky hills and sandy plains.

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Italian[edit]

Verb[edit]

alternate

  1. second-person plural present indicative of alternare
  2. second-person plural imperative of alternare
  3. feminine plural of alternato

Adjective[edit]

alternate f

  1. Feminine plural form of alternato

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Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

alternāte

  1. first-person plural present active imperative of alternō