What does alternate mean?

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

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. surrogate, alternate, replacementadjective

    someone who takes the place of another person

  2. alternate(a)adjective

    every second one of a series

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

  3. alternate, alternative, substituteadjective

    serving or used in place of another

    "an alternative plan"

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

    occurring by turns; first one and then the other

    "alternating feelings of love and hate"

  5. alternateverb

    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, jumpverb

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

  7. alternateverb

    exchange people temporarily to fulfill certain jobs and functions

  8. understudy, alternateverb

    be an understudy or alternate for a role

  9. interchange, tack, switch, alternate, flip, flip-flopverb

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

  10. alternate, take turnsverb

    do something in turns

    "We take turns on the night shift"

Wiktionary

  1. alternatenoun

    That which alternates with something else; vicissitude.

    Grateful alternates of substantial. -Matthew Prior

  2. alternatenoun

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

  3. alternatenoun

    A proportion derived from another proportion by interchanging the means.

  4. alternatenoun

    A replacement of equal or greater value or function.

  5. alternatenoun

    Figures or tinctures that succeed each other by turns.

  6. alternateverb

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

  7. alternateverb

    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.

  8. alternateverb

    To vary by turns.

    The land alternates between rocky hills and sandy plains.

  9. alternateadjective

    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

  10. alternateadjective

    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.

  11. alternateadjective

    Other or alternative.

  12. alternateadjective

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. ALTERNATEadjective

    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.

  2. Alternatenoun

    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.

  3. To Alternateverb

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Alternateadjective

    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

  2. Alternateadjective

    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. Alternateadjective

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

  4. Alternatenoun

    that which alternates with something else; vicissitude

  5. Alternatenoun

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

  6. Alternatenoun

    a proportion derived from another proportion by interchanging the means

  7. Alternateverb

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

  8. Alternateverb

    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

  9. Alternateverb

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

  10. 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. Fiona HillThe:

    National Security Council was pretty blatant, i found that I couldn't really explain that away with an alternate explanation.

  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. Gopal Baglay:

    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.

  4. Tim Cook:

    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.

  5. Patrick Shanahan.However:

    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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