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Meaning of ALTERNATE

Pronunciation:  [adj]'oltur`nit, [n]'oltur`nit, [v]'oltur`neyt, 'olturnut

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  someone who takes the place of another person
  2. [adj]  (botany) of leaves and branches etc; first on one side and then on the other in two ranks along an axis; not paired; "stems with alternate leaves"
  3. [adj]  allowing a choice; "an alternative plan"
  4. [v]  reverse, as of direction, attitude, or course of action
  5. [v]  do something in turns; "We take turns on the night shift"
  6. [v]  go back and forth; swing back and forth between two states or conditions
  7. [v]  be an understudy or alternate for a role
  8. [v]  exchange people temporarily to fulfill certain jobs and functions
 

ALTERNATE is a 9 letter word that starts with A.

 

 Synonyms: alternative, flip, flip-flop, interchange, jump, replacement, secondary, surrogate, switch, tack, take turns, understudy
 
 Antonyms: opposite, paired
 
 See Also: act, alter, backup, backup man, change, change by reversal, con, exchange, fill-in, learn, memorise, memorize, move, relief, reliever, reverse, rotate, stand-in, substitute, turn, vary

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Al*ter"nate\ (?; 277), a. [L. alternatus, p. p. of
    alternate, fr. alternus. See {Altern}, {Alter}.]
    1. 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. --Pope.
    
    2. 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; as, the alternate members 1, 3, 5, 7, etc.; read
       every alternate line.
    
    3. (Bot.) Distributed, as leaves, singly at different heights
       of the stem, and at equal intervals as respects angular
       divergence. --Gray.
    
    {Alternate alligation}. See {Alligation}.
    
    {Alternate angles} (Geom.), the internal and angles made by
       two lines with a third, on opposite sides of it. It the
       parallels AB, CD, are cut by the line EF, the angles AGH,
       GHD, as also the angles BGH and GHC, are called alternate
       angles.
    
    {Alternate generation}. (Biol.) See under {Generation}.
    
    
  2. \Al*ter"nate\ (?; 277), n.
    1. That which alternates with something else; vicissitude.
       [R.]
    
             Grateful alternates of substantial.   --Prior.
    
    2. A substitute; one designated to take the place of another,
       if necessary, in performing some duty.
    
    3. (Math.) A proportion derived from another proportion by
       interchanging the means.
    
    
  3. \Al"ter*nate\ (?; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
    {Alternated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Alternating}.] [L. alternatus,
    p. p. of alternare. See {Altern}.]
    To perform by turns, or in succession; to cause to succeed by
    turns; to interchange regularly.
    
          The most high God, in all things appertaining unto this
          life, for sundry wise ends alternates the disposition
          of good and evil.                        --Grew.
    
    
  4. \Al"ter*nate\, v. i.
    1. To happen, succeed, or act by turns; to follow
       reciprocally in place or time; -- followed by with; as,
       the flood and ebb tides alternate with each other.
    
             Rage, shame, and grief alternate in his breast. --J.
                                                   Philips.
    
             Different species alternating with each other.
                                                   --Kirwan.
    
    2. To vary by turns; as, the land alternates between rocky
       hills and sandy plains.
    
    
 
Biology Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. Describes leaves that grow singly along a stem.
  2. Of leaves or other lateral plant organs, borne singly at different heights on the axis; of floral parts, on a different radius, e.g. describing the position of stamens with respect to petals. Compare opposite.
 
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