What does alternate mean?

Definitions for alternate
ˈɔl tərˌneɪt, ˈæl-; -nɪtal·ter·nate

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word alternate.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. surrogate, alternate, replacement(adj)

    someone who takes the place of another person

  2. alternate(a)(adj)

    every second one of a series

    "the cleaning lady comes on alternate Wednesdays"; "jam every other day"- the White Queen

  3. alternate, alternative, substitute(adj)

    serving or used in place of another

    "an alternative plan"

  4. alternate(a), alternating(a)(adj)

    occurring by turns; first one and then the other

    "alternating feelings of love and hate"

  5. alternate(verb)

    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"

  6. alternate, jump(verb)

    go back and forth; swing back and forth between two states or conditions

  7. alternate(verb)

    exchange people temporarily to fulfill certain jobs and functions

  8. understudy, alternate(verb)

    be an understudy or alternate for a role

  9. interchange, tack, switch, alternate, flip, flip-flop(verb)

    reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action)

  10. alternate, take turns(verb)

    do something in turns

    "We take turns on the night shift"

Wiktionary

  1. alternate(Noun)

    That which alternates with something else; vicissitude.

    Grateful alternates of substantial. -Matthew Prior

    Etymology: From alterno, alternus, from alter. See altern, alter.

  2. alternate(Noun)

    A substitute; an alternative; one designated to take the place of another, if necessary, in performing some duty.

    Etymology: From alterno, alternus, from alter. See altern, alter.

  3. alternate(Noun)

    A proportion derived from another proportion by interchanging the means.

    Etymology: From alterno, alternus, from alter. See altern, alter.

  4. alternate(Noun)

    A replacement of equal or greater value or function.

    Etymology: From alterno, alternus, from alter. See altern, alter.

  5. alternate(Noun)

    Figures or tinctures that succeed each other by turns.

    Etymology: From alterno, alternus, from alter. See altern, alter.

  6. alternate(Verb)

    To perform by turns, or in succession; to cause to succeed by turns; to interchange regularly.

    Etymology: From alterno, alternus, from alter. See altern, alter.

  7. alternate(Verb)

    To happen, succeed, or act by turns; to follow reciprocally in place or time;u2014followed by with.

    The flood and ebb tides alternate with each other.

    Etymology: From alterno, alternus, from alter. See altern, alter.

  8. alternate(Verb)

    To vary by turns.

    The land alternates between rocky hills and sandy plains.

    Etymology: From alterno, alternus, from alter. See altern, alter.

  9. alternate(Adjective)

    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

    Etymology: From alterno, alternus, from alter. See altern, alter.

  10. alternate(Adjective)

    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.

    Etymology: From alterno, alternus, from alter. See altern, alter.

  11. alternate(Adjective)

    Other or alternative.

    Etymology: From alterno, alternus, from alter. See altern, alter.

  12. alternate(Adjective)

    Distributed, as leaves, singly at different heights of the stem, and at equal intervals as respects angular divergence. --Gray.

    Etymology: From alterno, alternus, from alter. See altern, alter.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Alternate(adj)

    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

    Etymology: [L. alternatus, p. p. of alternate, fr. alternus. See Altern, Alter.]

  2. Alternate(adj)

    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

    Etymology: [L. alternatus, p. p. of alternate, fr. alternus. See Altern, Alter.]

  3. Alternate(adj)

    distributed, as leaves, singly at different heights of the stem, and at equal intervals as respects angular divergence

    Etymology: [L. alternatus, p. p. of alternate, fr. alternus. See Altern, Alter.]

  4. Alternate(noun)

    that which alternates with something else; vicissitude

    Etymology: [L. alternatus, p. p. of alternate, fr. alternus. See Altern, Alter.]

  5. Alternate(noun)

    a substitute; one designated to take the place of another, if necessary, in performing some duty

    Etymology: [L. alternatus, p. p. of alternate, fr. alternus. See Altern, Alter.]

  6. Alternate(noun)

    a proportion derived from another proportion by interchanging the means

    Etymology: [L. alternatus, p. p. of alternate, fr. alternus. See Altern, Alter.]

  7. Alternate(verb)

    to perform by turns, or in succession; to cause to succeed by turns; to interchange regularly

    Etymology: [L. alternatus, p. p. of alternate, fr. alternus. See Altern, Alter.]

  8. Alternate(verb)

    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

    Etymology: [L. alternatus, p. p. of alternate, fr. alternus. See Altern, Alter.]

  9. Alternate(verb)

    to vary by turns; as, the land alternates between rocky hills and sandy plains

    Etymology: [L. alternatus, p. p. of alternate, fr. alternus. See Altern, Alter.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Alternate

    al′tėr-nāt, or al-tėr′nāt, v.t. to cause to follow by turns or one after the other.—v.i. to happen by turns: to follow every other or second time—also Al′ternise.—adjs. Al′tern (Milton), alternate, acting by turns; Alter′nant (geol.), in alternate layers; Alter′nate, one after the other: by turns.—adv. Alter′nately.—ns. Alter′nateness, Alter′nacy (rare); Alternā′tion, the act of alternating: interchange: reading or singing antiphonally.—adj. Alter′native, offering a choice of two things.—n. a choice between two things.—adv. Alter′natively. [L. alter, other.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. alternate

    Reciprocal.--Alternate angles are the internal angles formed by a line cutting two parallels, and lying on the opposite side of the cutting line; the one below the first parallel, and the other above.--Alternate ratio is that of which the antecedents and consequents bear respectively to each other in any proportion which has the quantities of the same kind.

Editors Contribution

  1. alternate

    separate or different from others

    "he took the alternate route to the highway because of the traffic jam on the main route."

    Submitted by anonymous on March 4, 2014  

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of alternate in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of alternate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of alternate in a Sentence

  1. Gary Rolando:

    The church policy is that people with alternate lifestyles can have services, but there can be no pictures or videos of overt kissing or hugging, i understand both sides. The family wanted to honor Vanessa, and the church has to answer to its board and the members who pay their bills.

  2. Bill Fuggle:

    What I am hearing from my clients is there definitely has been an uptick in the number of SIV applications from Hong Kong, anybody who can make an alternate plan is trying to do so.

  3. Steve Born:

    The influx of migrants into Budapest, specifically, has caused interruptions in local and regional train service, we have had Monograms guests in the region and while they have not faced any safety concerns, we have made alternate arrangements for them to travel by coach instead of train when going from Budapest to Vienna. Other than that minor transportation shift – and monitoring the situation very closely, of course – it has been business as usual for Globus, Cosmos and Monograms throughout Europe.

  4. Eric Ravussin:

    We know daily calorie restriction -- if you have to count your calories every day and all that -- it's a tough one. I think that there's some hope that this alternate-day fast, or modified fast, would be a better or easier strategy, but ... the dropout rate is kind of alarming.

  5. Nate Lashley:

    When you're first alternate it's not a whole lot of fun, that feeling of only missing getting in the event by a spot, by one person, we'll see how it goes tomorrow. Hopefully I can go out there and play like today, play relaxed golf and have some fun.

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