Definitions for alternate
ˈɔl tərˌneɪt, ˈæl-; -nɪtal·ter·nate
Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word alternate.
surrogate, alternate, replacementadjective
someone who takes the place of another person
every second one of a series
"the cleaning lady comes on alternate Wednesdays"; "jam every other day"- the White Queen
alternate, alternative, substituteadjective
serving or used in place of another
"an alternative plan"
occurring by turns; first one and then the other
"alternating feelings of love and hate"
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"
go back and forth; swing back and forth between two states or conditions
exchange people temporarily to fulfill certain jobs and functions
be an understudy or alternate for a role
interchange, tack, switch, alternate, flip, flip-flopverb
reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action)
alternate, take turnsverb
do something in turns
"We take turns on the night shift"
That which alternates with something else; vicissitude.
Grateful alternates of substantial. -Matthew Prior
A substitute; an alternative; one designated to take the place of another, if necessary, in performing some duty.
A proportion derived from another proportion by interchanging the means.
A replacement of equal or greater value or function.
Figures or tinctures that succeed each other by turns.
To perform by turns, or in succession; to cause to succeed by turns; to interchange regularly.
To happen, succeed, or act by turns; to follow reciprocally in place or time;followed by with.
The flood and ebb tides alternate with each other.
To vary by turns.
The land alternates between rocky hills and sandy plains.
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
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.
Other or alternative.
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.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Being by turns; one after another; reciprocal.
Etymology: alternus, Lat.
Friendship consists properly in mutual offices, and a generous strife in alternate acts of kindness. South.
Hear how Timotheus’ various lays surprise,
And bid alternate passions fall and rise!
While, at each change, the son of Lybian Jove
Now burns with glory, and then melts with love. Alexander Pope.
That which happens alternately; vicissitude.
Etymology: from alternate, adj.
And rais’d in pleasure, or repos’d in ease,
Grateful alternates of substantial peace,
They bless the long nocturnal influence shed
On the crown’d goblet, and the genial bed. Matthew Prior.
Etymology: alterno, Lat.
Those who, in their course,
Melodious hymns about the sov’reign throne
Alternate all night long. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. v.
The most high God, in all things appertaining unto this life, for sundry wise ends, alternates the disposition of good and evil. Nehemiah Grew, Cosmologia Sacra, b. iii.
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
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
distributed, as leaves, singly at different heights of the stem, and at equal intervals as respects angular divergence
that which alternates with something else; vicissitude
a substitute; one designated to take the place of another, if necessary, in performing some duty
a proportion derived from another proportion by interchanging the means
to perform by turns, or in succession; to cause to succeed by turns; to interchange regularly
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
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
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
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.
The numerical value of alternate in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of alternate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
National Security Council was pretty blatant, i found that I couldn't really explain that away with an alternate explanation.
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.
The trilateral agreement will be a game changer for regional connectivity especially for Afghanistan which can find an assured and reliable alternate access to India via sea.
When companies decide to leave the App Store because they want to exploit user data, it could put significant pressure on people to engage with alternate app stores, app stores where their privacy and security may not be protected.
This alternate nuclear posture review is the first and only analysis in the public domain that uses credible estimates of existing Patrick Shanahan.However war plan target requirements and goes on to define the forces needed to meet them, and thus it challenges the Pentagon on its own terms.
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- редуващ се, редувам сеBulgarian
- alternativní, obměna, střídat, střídavý, střídat se, náhradní, náhradaCzech
- alternieren, alternativGerman
- sustituta, alternar, sustituto, alternoSpanish
- vuorottainen, vuorotellaFinnish
- alternative, alterner, alternatifFrench
- alternerande, växlande, alternativ, varannan, följa, vikarie, omväxlande, alternera, växla, ersättareSwedish
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