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Definition of Alternate
AlternateAlternate Al*ter"nate (?; 277), a. [L. alternatus, p. p. of
alternate, fr. alternus. See Altern, Alter.]
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. 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. (Bot.) Distributed, as leaves, singly at different heights
of the stem, and at equal intervals as respects angular
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
Alternate generation. (Biol.) See under Generation.
Alternate Al*ter"nate (?; 277), n.
1. That which alternates with something else; vicissitude.
Grateful alternates of substantial. --Prior.
2. A substitute; one designated to take the place of another,
if necessary, in performing some duty.
3. (Math.) A proportion derived from another proportion by
interchanging the means.
AlternateAlternate 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. --Grew.
Alternate Al"ter*nate, v. i.
1. 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. --J.
Different species alternating with each other.
2. To vary by turns; as, the land alternates between rocky
hills and sandy plains.
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