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Alternate meaning

alternate - 15 dictionary results

  1. 1. reverse ( a direction, attitude, or course of action)
  2. 2. 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"
  3. 3. 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.
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. Distributed, as leaves, singly at different heights of the stem, and at equal intervals as respects angular divergence.
  6. 6. That which alternates with something else; vicissitude.
  7. 7. A substitute; one designated to take the place of another, if necessary, in performing some duty.
  8. 8. A proportion derived from another proportion by interchanging the means.
  9. 9. To perform by turns, or in succession; to cause to succeed by turns; to interchange regularly.
  10. 10. To vary by turns; as, the land alternates between rocky hills and sandy plains.
  11. 11. 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.
  12. 12. Alternated.
  13. 13. Every other; by turns.
  14. 14. To cause to follow by turns.
  15. 15. To occur by turns.

alternate - examples of usage

  1. It happened that there were two persons on the route who took one paper between them, and each claimed the privilege of having it first on each alternate week. - "Stories of Animal Sagacity", W.H.G. Kingston.
  2. It seemed to her that Katharine possessed a curious power of drawing near and receding, which sent alternate emotions through her far more quickly than was usual, and kept her in a condition of curious alertness. - "Night and Day", Virginia Woolf.
  3. Omit a line and take the last letter of the next, and so on for four letters- that is, the last words of the four alternate lines beginning with the fifth from the top are: of, a, ask, and see, and the last letters of those four spell a word. - "The Crevice", William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander.
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