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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Alternate \Al*ter"nate\ (?; 277), adjective [L. alternatus, p. p. of alternate, fr. alternus. See {Altern}, {Alter}.]

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.

2. 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.

3. (Bot.) Distributed, as leaves, singly at different heights of the stem, and at equal intervals as respects angular divergence. --Gray.

{Alternate alligation}. See {Alligation}.

{Alternate angles} (Geom.), the internal and angles made by two lines with a third, on opposite sides of it. It the parallels AB, CD, are cut by the line EF, the angles AGH, GHD, as also the angles BGH and GHC, are called alternate angles.

{Alternate generation}. (Biol.) See under {Generation}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Alternate \Al"ter*nate\ (?; 277), verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Alternated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Alternating}.] [L. alternatus, p. p. of alternare. See {Altern}.] 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. --Grew.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Alternate \Al"ter*nate\, verb (used without an object)

1. 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.

Rage, shame, and grief alternate in his breast. --J. Philips.

Different species alternating with each other. --Kirwan.

2. To vary by turns; as, the land alternates between rocky hills and sandy plains.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Alternate \Al*ter"nate\ (?; 277), noun

1. That which alternates with something else; vicissitude. [R.]

Grateful alternates of substantial. --Prior.

2. A substitute; one designated to take the place of another, if necessary, in performing some duty.

3. (Math.) A proportion derived from another proportion by interchanging the means.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: every second one of a series; "the cleaning lady comes on alternate Wednesdays"; "jam every other day"- the White Queen

2: serving or used in place of another; "an alternative plan" [syn: {alternate}, {alternative}, {substitute}]

3: occurring by turns; first one and then the other; "alternating feelings of love and hate" [syn: {alternate(a)}, {alternating(a)}]

4: 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" [ant: {opposite}, {paired}]


1: someone who takes the place of another person [syn: {surrogate}, {alternate}, {replacement}]


1: go back and forth; swing back and forth between two states or conditions [syn: {alternate}, {jump}]

2: exchange people temporarily to fulfill certain jobs and functions

3: be an understudy or alternate for a role [syn: {understudy}, {alternate}]

4: reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action) [syn: {interchange}, {tack}, {switch}, {alternate}, {flip}, {flip- flop}]

5: do something in turns; "We take turns on the night shift" [syn: {alternate}, {take turns}]

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