Crossword clues for alternate
- Substitute every second
- Showing unusual talent, are to take turns
- A large bird consumed every second?
- American substitute porter, perhaps welcoming group of three visiting
- Appearing every second
- Take turns that might lead to Etna?
- Take turns late — aren’t worried
- Every other
- Every second
- Do this, then that, then this again
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Alternate \Al*ter"nate\ (?; 277), n.
That which alternates with something else; vicissitude.
Grateful alternates of substantial.
A substitute; one designated to take the place of another, if necessary, in performing some duty.
(Math.) A proportion derived from another proportion by interchanging the means.
Alternate \Al"ter*nate\ (?; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Alternated; p. pr. & vb. n. Alternating.] [L. alternatus, p. p. of alternare. See Altern.] To perform by turns, or in succession; to cause to succeed by turns; to interchange regularly.
The most high God, in all things appertaining unto this
life, for sundry wise ends alternates the disposition
of good and evil.
Alternate \Al"ter*nate\, v. i.
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.
Rage, shame, and grief alternate in his breast.
Different species alternating with each other.
To vary by turns; as, the land alternates between rocky hills and sandy plains.
Alternate \Al*ter"nate\ (?; 277), a. [L. alternatus, p. p. of alternate, fr. alternus. See Altern, Alter.]
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.
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.
(Bot.) Distributed, as leaves, singly at different heights of the stem, and at equal intervals as respects angular divergence.
Alternate alligation. See Alligation.
Alternate angles (Geom.), the internal and angles made by two lines with a third, on opposite sides of it. It the parallels AB, CD, are cut by the line EF, the angles AGH, GHD, as also the angles BGH and GHC, are called alternate angles.
Alternate generation. (Biol.) See under Generation.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
1510s, from Latin alternatus "one after the other," past participle of alternare "to do first one thing then the other; exchange parts," from alternus "one after the other, alternate, in turns, reciprocal," from alter "the other" (see alter). Alternate means "by turns;" alternative means "offering a choice." Both imply two kinds or things.
1718, "that which alternates (with anything else)," from alternate (adj.). Meaning "a substitute" is first attested 1848.
1 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 (context mathematics English) 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. 3 (context US English) other; alternative. 4 (context botany English) Distributed, as leaves, singly at different heights of the stem, and at equal intervals as respects angular divergence. n. 1 That which alternates with something else; vicissitude. 2 (context US English) A substitute; an alternative; one designated to take the place of another, if necessary, in performing some duty. 3 (context mathematics English) A proportion derived from another proportion by interchanging the means. 4 (context US English) A replacement of equal or greater value or function. 5 (context heraldry English) figure or tinctures that succeed each other by turns. v
1 (context transitive English) To perform by turns, or in succession; to cause to succeed by turns; to interchange regularly. 2 (context intransitive English) To happen, succeed, or act by turns; to follow reciprocally in place or time; followed by ''with''. 3 (context intransitive English) To vary by turns.
adj. every second one of a series; "the cleaning lady comes on alternate Wednesdays"; "jam every other day"- the White Queen [syn: alternate(a)]
allowing a choice; "an alternative plan" [syn: alternative]
occurring by turns; first one and then the other; "alternating feelings of love and hate" [syn: alternate(a), alternating(a)]
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" [ant: opposite]
v. go back and forth; swing back and forth between two states or conditions [syn: jump]
exchange people temporarily to fulfill certain jobs and functions
be an understudy or alternate for a role [syn: understudy]
do something in turns; "We take turns on the night shift" [syn: take turns]
Usage examples of "alternate".
The hills above the Achor Marshes were riddled with deep limestone caverns, and they had been prepared as an alternate capital many years before, during one of the many factional wars that had marred the history of human relations of Kingdom.
Now flowing under the crosshairs were clouds alternating with green forest, leaden roads.
Man has attachment to the soil, both spiritually and materially, possesses beast-of-prey instincts, and shows in his rhythm of sleep and waking the alternating supremacy of the tensionless plant-element in him.
There was reported the case of an hysterical female who had convulsions and mania, alternating with anuria of a peculiar nature and lasting seven days.
The chanting was picked up by others, and soon most of the people were deeply involved in a mesmerizing sequence that consisted of repetitive phrases sung in a pulsating beat with little change in tone, alternating with arrhythmic drumming that had more tonal variation than the voices.
He praised the Chevalier twins, claiming their galerie had the best tapestries and antique rugs in all of Paris-which to him meant in all the world-and raved about Jacques Perrin, an aggressive dealer who was one of the first foreigners to exhibit at BLIrlington House-the London show that alternated years with the Biennale and admitted more foreign dealers than Grosvenor House.
Ben had been teaching Caleb to work with Bool, so Ben alternated between Bingle and Altair while Caleb teamed with Bool.
Into this hole, the end of the second alternating great tackle is then hooked so as to retain a hold upon the blubber, in order to prepare for what follows.
He thought of how similar her alternate self in Proton, Bluette, was to her.
Then the boojum began alternating its protective fields in phase with its offensive weapons.
Alternate doses of LSD6 and bulbocapnine -- the bulbocapnine potientiated with curare -- give the highest yield of automatic obedience.
Tinor placed before him a calabash of poee-poee, from which the stranger regaled himself, alternating every mouthful with some rapid exclamation, which was eagerly caught up and echoed by the crowd that completely filled the house.
Instead of shuffling between residences, the kids, Allison and Eddie, were to remain in the family home and the Coxes would alternate, moving in and out every few days.
Whereas a tardigrade alternating cryptobiotic and active periods might survive as long as sixty years.
As in cryptogams, the ferns of Earth, two forms are alternating mature phases of a complex life cycle.