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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
- Adjective, noun
alternate (not comparable)
- 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
- (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.
- (US) Other; alternative.
- Hyperlinked text is displayed in alternate color in a Web browser.
- (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?)
alternate (plural alternates)
- That which alternates with something else; vicissitude.
- Matthew Prior
- Grateful alternates of substantial.
- Matthew Prior
- (US) A substitute; an alternative; one designated to take the place of another, if necessary, in performing some duty.
- (mathematics) A proportion derived from another proportion by interchanging the means.
- (US) A replacement of equal or greater value or function.
- (heraldry) Figures or tinctures that succeed each other by turns.
- (transitive) To perform by turns, or in succession; to cause to succeed by turns; to interchange regularly.
- The most high God, in all things appertaining unto this life, for sundry wise ends alternates the disposition of good and evil.
- (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.
- (intransitive) To vary by turns.
- The land alternates between rocky hills and sandy plains.
- alternate at OneLook Dictionary Search
- The Manual of Heraldry, Fifth Edition, by Anonymous, London, 1862, online at 
- alternate in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- “alternate”, in The Century Dictionary, New York: The Century Co., 1911
- alternate in The Online Etymology Dictionary
- Feminine plural form of alternato