Definitions of alternate

  1. To happen by turns.
  2. To change, perform, or occur by turns.
  3. To perform by turns, or in succession; to cause to succeed by turns; to interchange regularly.
  4. To cause to occur by turns.
  5. To cause to follow by turns or one after the other.
  6. To cause to follow by turns.
  7. To vary by turns; as, the land alternates between rocky hills and sandy plains.
  8. 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. To take place by turns.
  10. To happen by turns: to follow every other or second time.
  11. To occur by turns.
  12. To perform by turns; to cause to succeed by turns, or reciprocally.
  13. To do by turns; to happen by turns; to change in succession.
  14. Alternated.
  15. That which alternates with something else; vicissitude.
  16. A substitute; one designated to take the place of another, if necessary, in performing some duty.
  17. A proportion derived from another proportion by interchanging the means.
  18. A substitute or second.
  19. One who takes the place of another in performing duty.
  20. ALTERNATELY. Old spelling, ALTERN for both adj. and adv. Milton.
  21. ( botany) 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"
  22. allowing a choice; " an alternative plan"
  23. every second one of a series; " the cleaning lady comes on alternate Wednesdays"; " jam every other day"- the White Queen
  24. 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"
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. Distributed, as leaves, singly at different heights of the stem, and at equal intervals as respects angular divergence.
  28. One after the other: by turns.
  29. Every other; by turns.
  30. Existing, occurring, or following by turns; reciprocal.
  31. Every other ( of a series); pertaining to such a series.
  32. One after the other in regular succession of time or place; succeeding regularly on opposite sides of a branch, of a line; succeeding with regular breaks.
  33. That succeeds or follows by turns.
  34. Leaves or branches occurring at different levels on opposite sides of the stem.
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