I quickly became the “weirdo mommy” at Gymboree, alternating between speed talking, accidental swearing, and thousand-yard stares.
In alternating scenes, the audience watches both the scholar's theory—and the 19th-century reality—unfolding.
Complete three sets of 10 to 12 reps on each side, alternating legs, moving forward with a step in between each kick.
He had spent nearly 20 years covering politics in the Bay State, alternating between the Associated Press and the Boston Globe.
She told the court Galliano called her “Jewish,” with an alternating cast of R-rated words attached, “at least 30 times.”
On fine mornings he used to spend two or three hours on the Serpentine, alternating rowing and dictating.
The peppermints were arranged in a row, a red one and a striped one alternating.
With alternating currents, the rods are equally consumed and produce equal amounts of light.
alternating with these warlike scenes were the family portraits.
Sliced bananas, lightly sprinkled with sugar, alternating in layers with sections of oranges, make a most delicious dessert.
1550s, present participle adjective from alternate (v.). Alternating current is recorded from 1839.
1510s, from Latin alternatus "one after the other," past participle of alternare "to do first one thing then the other; exchange parts," from alternus "one after the other, alternate, in turns, reciprocal," from alter "the other" (see alter). Alternate means "by turns;" alternative means "offering a choice." Both imply two kinds or things.
1718, "that which alternates (with anything else)," from alternate (adj.). Meaning "a substitute" is first attested 1848.