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English

Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] alternare (take turns), alternus (one after another, by turns), from alter (other). See altern, alter.

Pronunciation

Adjective

alternate (not comparable)

Positive
alternate

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  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.
    And bid alternate passions fall and rise. -Pope
  2. (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.
    the alternate members 1, 3, 5, 7, etc.
  3. (US) Other — as a common misuse when meaning alternative.
  4. (botany) Distributed, as leaves, singly at different heights of the stem, and at equal intervals as respects angular divergence. --Gray.

Translations

Noun

Singular
alternate

Plural
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alternate ({{{1}}})
  1. That which alternates with something else; vicissitude.
    Grateful alternates of substantial. -Prior
  2. (US) (Misuse) A substitute; an alternative; one designated to take the place of another, if necessary, in performing some duty.
  3. (mathematics) A proportion derived from another proportion by interchanging the means.
  4. (US) A replacement of equal or greater value or function.
  5. (heraldry) Figures or tinctures that succeed each other by turns.

Translations

Verb

Infinitive
to alternate

Third person singular
alternat

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to alternate (third-person singular simple present alternat, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To perform by turns, or in succession; to cause to succeed by turns; to interchange regularly.
  2. (intransitive) 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.
  3. (intransitive) To vary by turns; as, the land alternates between rocky hills and sandy plains.

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See also

References

  • The Manual of Heraldry, Fifth Edition, by Anonymous, London, 1862, online at [1]

Part or all of this page has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.


Italian

Verb

alternate [[Category:Template:lang:it verb forms|alternate]]

  1. Second-person plural present tense of alternare.
  2. Second-person plural imperative of alternare.
  3. Feminine plural of alternato.

Adjective

alternate f. [[Category:Template:lang:it adjective forms|alternate]]

  1. Feminine plural form of alternato

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