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What does "Alternate" mean?


(a.) 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 (a.) 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 (a.) Distributed, as leaves, singly at different heights of the stem, and at equal intervals as respects angular divergence (n.) A proportion derived from another proportion by interchanging the means (n.) A substitute; one designated to take the place of another, if necessary, in performing some duty (n.) That which alternates with something else; vicissitude (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 (v. i.) To vary by turns; as, the land alternates between rocky hills and sandy plains (v. t.) To perform by turns, or in succession; to cause to succeed by turns; to interchange regularly

Synonyms alternative, flip, surrogate, switch, jump, flip-flop, interchange, replacement, secondary, understudy, alternating, every other, take turns

Example: "Stems with alternate leaves"

Word Family alternated, alternately, alternates, alternating, alternation, alternations, alternator, alternators