The definition of alternate is to switch back and forth between two things or activities.verb
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.verb
An example of alternate is when first your friend rides the bike and then you ride the bike.
Alternate refers to every other one in a sequence.adjective
Odd-numbered days are examples of alternate days.
Alternate means to something that will substitute for something else.adjective
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.noun
An understudy is an example of an alternate.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- 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: L alternatus, pp. of alternare, to do by turns < alternus, one after the other < 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
- alternately adverb
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verb al·ter·nat·ed, al·ter·nat·ing, al·ter·nates verb, intransitive
- 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. See Usage Note at alternative.
- Designating or relating to every other one of a series: alternate lines.
- Serving or used in place of another; substitute: an alternate plan.
- 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: Latin alternāre, alternāt-, from alternus, by turns, from alter, other; see al-1 in Indo-European roots.
- alˈter·nate·ly adverb
- alˈter·nate·ness noun
alternate - Science Definition
- Arranged singly at intervals on a stem or twig. Elms, birches, oaks, cherry trees, and hickory trees have alternate leaves. Compare opposite.
- Arranged regularly between other parts, as stamens between petals on a flower.
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