- Present participle of alternate.
(comparative more alternating, superlative most alternating)
Variant of alternate
- 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
a person standing by to take the place of another if necessary; substitute
- 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