Examples from the Web for alternation
He inherits it all from his grandfather; upon, I suppose, what the learned people call, the system of alternation.
These veinlets produce that alternation in mineral composition and banded structure which are essential in gneisses.
Without this alternation of drought and moisture recurring by law from year to year the labour of man would be in vain.Expositor's Bible: The Book of Job|Robert Watson
But their progress is slow, and now comes a long and painful time of alternation between two states.The Golden Fountain|Lilian Staveley
But increase or decrease the rate of alternation ever so slightly, and that sympathy between magnet and bar is destroyed.Marvels of Scientific Invention|Thomas W. Corbin
British Dictionary definitions for alternation
Word Origin and History for alternation
mid-15c., from Old French alternacion, from Latin alternationem (nominative alternatio), noun of action from past participle stem of alternare (see alternate (v.)).