Associations to the word «Alternate»


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.
ALTERNATE, adjective. (mathematics) 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.
ALTERNATE, adjective. (US) Other; alternative.
ALTERNATE, adjective. (botany) Distributed, as leaves, singly at different heights of the stem, and at equal intervals as respects angular divergence.
ALTERNATE, noun. That which alternates with something else; vicissitude.
ALTERNATE, noun. (US) A substitute; an alternative; one designated to take the place of another, if necessary, in performing some duty.
ALTERNATE, noun. (mathematics) A proportion derived from another proportion by interchanging the means.
ALTERNATE, noun. (US) A replacement of equal or greater value or function.
ALTERNATE, noun. (heraldry) Figures or tinctures that succeed each other by turns.
ALTERNATE, verb. (transitive) To perform by turns, or in succession; to cause to succeed by turns; to interchange regularly.
ALTERNATE, verb. (intransitive) To happen, succeed, or act by turns; to follow reciprocally in place or time; followed by with.
ALTERNATE, verb. (intransitive) To vary by turns.
ALTERNATE ACTION, noun. (computing) A feature of certain computer keyboards where a pressed key remains depressed and actuated until it is pressed again.
ALTERNATE ANGLES, noun. (geometry) the internal angles made by two (parallel) lines with a third, on opposite sides of it. If the parallels AB, CD, are cut by the line EF, intersecting at points G and H, then the angles AGH, GHD, are called alternate angles (as also are the angles BGH and GHC).
ALTERNATE ENERGY, noun. (US) Alternative spelling of alternative energy
ALTERNATE GENERATION, noun. (biology) Each of the two forms of an organism whose life cycle involves alternation of generations, or the fact of such alternation occurring in a given organism. [from 19th c.]
ALTERNATE GENERATIONS, noun. Plural of alternate generation
ALTERNATE HISTORY, noun. Contrafactual history, a form of scientific speculation used by historians.
ALTERNATE HISTORY, noun. A genre of historical romance and usually science fiction, with a story background involving ahistorical events occurring after a point of divergence from real history.
ALTERNATE UNIVERSE, noun. (physics) (cosmology) A hypothetical world situated in a different dimension of space and time than the real world consisting of the universe known and experienced by human beings.
ALTERNATE UNIVERSE, noun. (literature) (narratology) An imaginary realm, often a variant form of the real world, depicting a different way events could have unfolded or the universe could have functioned.
ALTERNATE UNIVERSES, noun. Plural of alternate universe

Dictionary definition

ALTERNATE, noun. Someone who takes the place of another person.
ALTERNATE, verb. Go back and forth; swing back and forth between two states or conditions.
ALTERNATE, verb. Exchange people temporarily to fulfill certain jobs and functions.
ALTERNATE, verb. Be an understudy or alternate for a role.
ALTERNATE, verb. Reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action).
ALTERNATE, verb. Do something in turns; "We take turns on the night shift".
ALTERNATE, adjective. Every second one of a series; "the cleaning lady comes on alternate Wednesdays"; "jam every other day"- the White Queen.
ALTERNATE, adjective. Serving or used in place of another; "an alternative plan".
ALTERNATE, adjective. Occurring by turns; first one and then the other; "alternating feelings of love and hate".
ALTERNATE, adjective. 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".

Wise words

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