- 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.
Origin of alternate
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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH alternatealternate , alternative
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How to use alternate in a sentence
The coverage will alternate between leagues each year and gives Turner the most postseason games on a network.Turner Sports expands its deal with Major League Baseball through 2028|radmarya|September 24, 2020|Fortune
DNA and RNA strands are composed of alternating phosphate and sugar molecules, but sugars “are profoundly unstable in hot spring environments,” says David Des Marais, an astrobiologist at NASA’s Ames Research Center.Life on Earth may have begun in hostile hot springs|Jack J. Lee|September 24, 2020|Science News
When Epic started offering alternate Fortnite payment methods that avoided Apple’s fee-taking, for instance, Apple blocked the app.Why Apple let WordPress walk but continues to fight Fortnite’s Epic Games|rhhackettfortune|August 25, 2020|Fortune
In one macabre scene, one of Edison’s employees goes so far as to publicly electrocute a dog with alternating current.Ethan Hawke stars in ‘Tesla,’ a quirky biopic about the iconic inventor|Maria Temming|August 19, 2020|Science News
So that means in an alternate universe without any southpaw advantage, about 36 percent of current LHPs would be good enough to pitch in the major leagues.What Really Gives Left-Handed Pitchers Their Edge?|Guy Molyneux|August 17, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
In the absence of typical classrooms and curriculums, West Africans have opted for alternate methods of learning and education.The Radio Battle to Educate Ebola’s Kids|Abby Haglage|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Then at least the American public would have been getting an alternate theory of the case about Keystone.For Obama, Hell Week Has Arrived|Michael Tomasky|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.Well, La Ti Da: Stephin Merritt’s Winning Little Words of Scrabble|David Bukszpan|October 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Other new admissions to the dictionary include qayaq—an alternate spelling of kayak—and thongy.Well, La Ti Da: Stephin Merritt’s Winning Little Words of Scrabble|David Bukszpan|October 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The alternate hexameter and pentameter are, for most purposes, a more agreeable measure than the hexameter by itself.
Should it fail, the fluid can generally be pumped out by alternate compression of the tube and the bulb.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
Mrs. Maloney sat on a stump near her daughter, and busied herself energetically with alternate nursing and painting.Three More John Silence Stories|Algernon Blackwood
In the alternate record of the vote, death and exile appeared to be equally balanced.Madame Roland, Makers of History|John S. C. Abbott
One of the most characteristic instances of these alternate winds is perhaps that afforded on the island of Jamaica.Outlines of the Earth's History|Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
British Dictionary definitions for alternate
- (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)