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.
Origin of alternate
Can be confusedalternate alternative
Examples from the Web for alternating
She added in the high-pitched, over-enunciated voice, like she was alternating between sucking on helium and a bong.SNL’s Kim Kardashian Konundrum: Why Nasim Pedrad’s Exit Hurts So Much|Jason Lynch|September 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They have also been baffling, alternating between high hope and disappointment.Progressive-palooza: On Obama, Occupy, and Moral Monday|Jedediah Purdy|July 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
With alternating chapters, the novel takes us on a frenetic journey through the perspectives of these unlikely apocalyptos.In a New Novel, Apathetic Teenagers Usher in the Apocalypse|Elliot Ackerman|June 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In alternating chapters, the two narrators of the novel describe their lives with Isaac, from two different periods in time.
Complete three sets of 10 to 12 reps on each side, alternating legs, moving forward with a step in between each kick.
An alternating current also produces a sound corresponding to the number of changes of direction.
Eight months passed by in this fashion, good and evil days alternating.Bohemians of the Latin Quarter|Henry Murger
Time, therefore, is an element in the operation of alternating currents.Electricity for Boys|J. S. Zerbe
The alternating current is supposed to be more fatal than the continuous.Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology|W. G. Aitchison Robertson
The regular beat of hoofs upon the sward followed; then an alternating tap-tap of horse's feet diminished down the trail.Lazarre|Mary Hartwell Catherwood
British Dictionary definitions for alternating
- (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)