alternate[ôl′tər nit, al′-; for v. ôl′tər nāt′, al′-]
- Alternate refers to every other one in a sequence.
Odd-numbered days are examples of alternate days.
- Alternate means to something that will substitute for something else.
Homeopathic medicines are different from pharmaceutical drugs and are an example of alternate medicines.
- An alternate is defined as a person who takes the place of another.
An understudy is an example of an alternate.
- The definition of alternate is to switch back and forth between two things or activities.
To stagger a layer of cake with a layer of icing is an example of alternate.
- Alternate is to take turns or do something after another person has finished.
An example of alternate is when first your friend rides the bike and then you ride the bike.
- occurring by turns; succeeding each other; one and then the other: alternate stripes of blue and white
- every other; every second: to report on alternate Tuesdays
- being one of two or more choices; alternative
- growing along the stem singly at different intervals, first on one side then the other, etc.
- placed at intervals between other parts, as in a flower
Origin of alternateClassical Latin alternatus, past participle of alternare, to do by turns ; from alternus, one after the other ; from alter, other: see alter
- to act, happen, etc. by turns; follow successively: good times alternate with bad
- to take turns
- to exchange places, etc. regularly
- Elec. to reverse direction periodically: said of a current
verbal·ter·nat·ed, al·ter·nat·ing, al·ter·nates
- a. To occur in a successive manner: day alternating with night.b. To act or proceed by turns: The students alternated at the computer.
- To pass back and forth from one state, action, or place to another: alternated between happiness and depression.
- Electricity To reverse direction at regular intervals in a circuit.
- To do or execute by turns.
- To cause to alternate: alternated light and dark squares to form a pattern.
- Happening or following in turns; succeeding each other continuously: alternate seasons of the year.
- Designating or relating to every other one of a series: alternate lines.
- Serving or used in place of another; substitute: an alternate plan. See Usage Note at alternative.
- Botany a. Arranged singly at each node, as leaves or buds on different sides of a stem.b. Arranged regularly between other parts, as stamens between petals.
- A person acting in the place of another; a substitute.
- An alternative.
Origin of alternateLatin alternāre, alternāt-, from alternus, by turns, from alter, other; see al-1 in Indo-European roots.
- Being or succeeding by turns; one following the other in succession of time or place; by turns first one and then the other; hence, reciprocal.
- And bid alternate passions fall and rise. -Alexander Pope
- (mathematics) Designating the members in a series, which regularly intervene between the members of another series, as the odd or even numbers of the numerals; every other; every second.
- the alternate members 1, 3, 5, 7, etc.
- (US) Other; alternative.
- Hyperlinked text is displayed in alternate colour in a Web browser.
- (botany) Distributed, as leaves, singly at different heights of the stem, and at equal intervals as respects angular divergence.
- That which alternates with something else; vicissitude.
- (US) A substitute; an alternative; one designated to take the place of another, if necessary, in performing some duty.
- (mathematics) A proportion derived from another proportion by interchanging the means.
- (US) A replacement of equal or greater value or function.
- (heraldry) Figures or tinctures that succeed each other by turns.
(third-person singular simple present alternates, present participle alternating, simple past and past participle alternated)
- To perform by turns, or in succession; to cause to succeed by turns; to interchange regularly.
- (intransitive) To happen, succeed, or act by turns; to follow reciprocally in place or time; followed by with.
- The flood and ebb tides alternate with each other.
- (intransitive) To vary by turns.
- The land alternates between rocky hills and sandy plains.