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Pronunciation:  `oltur'neyshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  successive change from one thing or state to another and back again
  2. [n]  being regularly exchangeable

ALTERNATION is a 11 letter word that starts with A.


 See Also: exchangeability, fungibility, interchangeability, interchangeableness, sequence, succession



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Al`ter*na"tion\, n. [L. alternatio: cf. F.
1. The reciprocal succession of things in time or place; the
   act of following and being followed by turns; alternate
   succession, performance, or occurrence; as, the
   alternation of day and night, cold and heat, summer and
   winter, hope and fear.

2. (Math.) Permutation.

3. The response of the congregation speaking alternately with
   the minister. --Mason.

{Alternation of generation}. See under {Generation}.

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