Complete Definition of "alternate"

English

Etymology
From L. term|alternare||take turns, term|alternus||one after another, by turns, from term|alter||other. See term|altern, term|alter.

Pronunciation
sense|noun|adjective a|US IPA|/ËÉl.tÉ.nÉt/
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sense|verb a|US IPA|/Él.tÉËnet/
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Adjective
en-adj|-

  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

  1. math 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.

  1. US other|Other; or as common misuse when meaning alternative.
  2. botany Distributed, as leaves, singly at different heights of the stem, and at equal intervals as respects angular divergence. --Gray.

Translations
trans-top|being or succeeding by turns
Finnish: vuorotella|vuorotteleva
trans-mid
Swedish: växlande, omväxlande
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trans-top|mathematics: designating the members in a series
trans-mid
Swedish: varannan (=every second; every other)
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trans-top|other; alternative
trans-mid
Swedish: t+|sv|alternativ
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trans-top|botany: distributed, as leaves
Finnish: vuorottainen
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Noun
en-noun

  1. That which alternates with something else; vicissitude.

#: Grateful alternates of substantial. -Prior

  1. US (Misuse) A substitute; an alternative; one designated to take the place of another, if necessary, in performing some duty.
  2. math A proportion derived from another proportion by interchanging the means.
  3. US A replacement of equal or greater value or function.
  4. heraldry figure|Figures or tinctures that succeed each other by turns.

Translations
trans-top|that which alternates
trans-mid
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trans-top|substitute
trans-mid
Swedish: vikarie c (replacing as a workman), ersättare c (replacing as a member of a committee, board, etc.)
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trans-top|proportion derived from another
trans-mid
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trans-top|replacement
trans-mid
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trans-top|figures or tinctures
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Verb
en-verb|alternat|ing

  1. transitive To perform by turns, or in succession; to cause to succeed by turns; to interchange regularly.
  2. intransitive 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.
  3. intransitive To vary by turns; as, the land alternates between rocky hills and sandy plains.

Translations
trans-top|to perform by turns
Croatian: t-|hr|alternirati
German: alternieren
Japanese: 交æ¿ãã (kÅtai suru)
trans-mid
Swedish: växla, alternera
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trans-top|to happen, succeed, or act by turns
Croatian: t-|hr|alternirati
German: alternieren
Japanese: 交æ¿ãã (kÅtai suru)
trans-mid
Swedish: växla, följa på varandra
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trans-top|to vary by turns
Croatian: t-|hr|alternirati
French: t+|fr|alterner
German: alternieren
trans-mid
Swedish: växla
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Related terms
alternate allegation
alternate angles
alternate generation

See also
alternative
variant

References
R:Heraldry 1862

webster

Category:English heteronyms


Italian

Verb
infl|it|verb form

  1. form of|second-person|Second-person plural present tense|alternare#Italian|alternare|lang=Italian
  2. form of|Second-person plural imperative|alternare#Italian|alternare|lang=Italian
  3. form of|feminine|Feminine plural|alternato

Adjective
infl|it|adjective form|gender=f

  1. Feminine plural form of alternato

Category:Italian past participle forms

ar:alternate
el:alternate
fa:alternate
fr:alternate
io:alternate
ja:alternate
pl:alternate
pt:alternate
ru:alternate
fi:alternate
te:alternate
vi:alternate

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