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Latin alternus.


altern (not comparable)

  1. Acting by turns; alternate.
    • 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book VII, lines 346 to 352.
      And God made two great lights, great for their use / To Man, the greater to have rule by day, / The less by night, altern ; and made the stars, / And set them in the firmament of Heaven / To illuminate the Earth, and rule the day / In their vicissitude, and rule the night, / And light from darkness to divide. []

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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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for altern in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)





altern (third-person singular simple present altert, past tense alterte, past participle gealtert, auxiliary sein)

  1. to age


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