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al·ter·nate

 (ôl′tər-nāt′, ăl′-)
v. al·ter·nat·ed, al·ter·nat·ing, al·ter·nates
v.intr.
1.
a. To occur in a successive manner: day alternating with night.
b. To act or proceed by turns: The students alternated at the computer.
2. To pass back and forth from one state, action, or place to another: alternated between happiness and depression.
3. Electricity To reverse direction at regular intervals in a circuit.
v.tr.
1. To do or execute by turns.
2. To cause to alternate: alternated light and dark squares to form a pattern.
adj. (-nĭt)
1. Happening or following in turns; succeeding each other continuously: alternate seasons of the year.
2. Designating or relating to every other one of a series: alternate lines.
3. Serving or used in place of another; substitute: an alternate plan. See Usage Note at alternative.
4. Botany
a. Arranged singly at each node, as leaves or buds on different sides of a stem.
b. Arranged regularly between other parts, as stamens between petals.
n. (-nĭt)
1. A person acting in the place of another; a substitute.
2. An alternative.

[Latin alternāre, alternāt-, from alternus, by turns, from alter, other; see al- in Indo-European roots.]

al′ter·nate·ly adv.

alternating

(ˈɔːltəˌneɪtɪŋ)
adj
happening in succession
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.alternating - (of a current) reversing direction; "alternating current"
electricity - a physical phenomenon associated with stationary or moving electrons and protons
direct - (of a current) flowing in one direction only; "direct current"
2.alternating - occurring by turnsalternating - occurring by turns; first one and then the other; "alternating feelings of love and hate"
cyclical, cyclic - recurring in cycles

alternating

adjective interchanging, changing, shifting, swinging, rotating, fluctuating, occurring by turns, oscillating, vacillating, seesawing alternating cycles of REM and non-REM sleep
Translations
vaihtelevavaihtovaihtuvavuorovuorottainen
každý druhýstriedavý

alternating

[ˈɒltɜːneɪtɪŋ]
A. ADJalterno
B. CPD alternating current N (Elec) → corriente f alterna

alternating

[ɔːlˈtɜːrnətɪŋ] adj [periods, layers, stripes] → en alternancealternating current ncourant m alternatif

alternating

adjwechselnd; a pattern with alternating stripes of red and whiteein Muster mit abwechselnd roten und weißen Streifen; alternating currentWechselstrom m
References in classic literature ?
The days slipped into days, nights and twilight's alternating, cold snaps gave way to snow-falls, and cold snaps came on again, and all the while, through the long hours, the miles piled up behind them.
The straight warp of necessity, not to be swerved from its ultimate course --its every alternating vibration, indeed, only tending to that; free will still free to ply her shuttle between given threads; and chance, though restrained in its play within the right lines of necessity, and sideways in its motions directed by free will, though thus prescribed to by both, chance by turns rules either, and has the last featuring blow at events.
To the student of old Roman walls, the middle layer will furnish a curious parallel to the thin course of tiles always alternating with the stone in those wonderful relics of the antique, and which undoubtedly contribute so much to the great strength of the masonry.