- alternating voltage,
- alternating-gradient focusing,
- alternation of generations,
- alternation of heart,
- alternative conjunction,
- alternative curriculum,
- alternative energy,
- alternative fuel,
- alternative history
Origin of alternative
Examples from the Web for alternative
It reminded me a bit of an alternative take on The Wolf of Wall Street—through the Toni and Candace lens.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness|Marlow Stern|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Already, 10 Republicans have declared they will vote for an alternative candidate and more seemed poised to join.
And, if these alternative foods were indeed similar in food value to pine nuts, why are the bears not already wolfing them down?
When I was growing up they called Green Day and Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins “alternative pop.”
The first Bleachers single went to number one in alternative and all the shows have been sold out lately.
We cannot say which alternative the builders would have chosen, and therefore we cannot determine the date of building.Rough Stone Monuments and Their Builders|T. Eric Peet
But there was now no alternative but to await the return of the tapuyo, or the time that would tell he was never more to return.Afloat in the Forest|Mayne Reid
But without cannon only the second alternative was possible, and the artillery did not arrive.The War With Mexico, Volume I (of 2)|Justin H. Smith
The only alternative is the breaking up of the camps and the dispersal of the women.The War in South Africa|Arthur Conan Doyle
Madame des Ursins could only escape by a prompt departure from the difficulties of such an alternative.Political Women, Vol. 2 (of 2)|Sutherland Menzies
1580s, "offering one or the other of two," from Medieval Latin alternativus, from Latin alternatus, past participle of alternare (see alternate (v.)). Meaning "purporting to be a superior choice to what is in general use" was current by 1970 (earliest reference is to the media); e.g. alternative energy (1975). Related: Alternatively.
1620s, in rhetoric, from Medieval Latin alternativus (see alternative (adj.)). Of courses of action, from 1814. Of objects, etc., "the other of two which may be chosen," by 1838.