verb (used without object), al·ter·nat·ed, al·ter·nat·ing.
verb (used with object), al·ter·nat·ed, al·ter·nat·ing.
- placed singly at different heights on the axis, on each side in succession, or at definite angular distances from one another, as leaves.
- opposite to the intervals between other organs: petals alternate with sepals.
- either of two actors who take turns playing the same role.
- an understudy.
- altered chord,
- altered state of consciousness,
- alternate angles,
- alternate binaural loudness balance test,
- alternate cover test,
- alternate hemianesthesia,
- alternate host
Origin of alternate
Examples from the Web for alternate
In the absence of typical classrooms and curriculums, West Africans have opted for alternate methods of learning and education.
Then at least the American public would have been getting an alternate theory of the case about Keystone.
Underneath, a miniature version of the bug-crazy man is revealed, himself thwacking away in an alternate dimension.‘Interstellar’ Is Wildly Ambitious, Very Flawed, and Absolutely Worth Seeing|Marlow Stern|November 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The other two are da—meaning father—and te—an alternate spelling of ti.
Other new admissions to the dictionary include qayaq—an alternate spelling of kayak—and thongy.
It is by the alternate movement of these mandibles that the caterpillars devour the leaves with so much greediness and ease.The Insect World|Louis Figuier
Alternate and antagonistic bargaining went on thus for more than two months.A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times|Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
During the alternate periods of elevation and of stationary level the record will be blank.On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection|Charles Darwin
He wondered if it were still the same excitement that sent the alternate flush and pallor up her cheek.
Then alternate between the players, in the same manner, until you have played out the game.Practical Mind-Reading|William Walker Atkinson
- (of leaves, flowers, etc) arranged singly at different heights on either side of the stem
- (of parts of a flower) arranged opposite the spaces between other partsCompare opposite (def. 4)
noun (ˈɔːltənɪt, ɔːlˈtɜːnɪt)
Word Origin for alternate
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.