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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
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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 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.
The moon was bright, and the light and shadow very strong; and nothing could be more picturesque than those curving streets, with their rows of huge high gables leaning far over toward each other in a friendly gossiping way, and the crowds below drifting through the alternating blots of gloom and mellow bars of moonlight.
The black shadows of the pediments between each window, alternating with the strips of light, heightened the wan glare of the moonshine on the floor.
A small lofty room, with its window wide open, and the wooden jalousie-blinds closed, so that the dark night only showed in slight horizontal lines of black, alternating with their broad lines of stone colour.
The questionable sound of Silas's loom, so unlike the natural cheerful trotting of the winnowing-machine, or the simpler rhythm of the flail, had a half-fearful fascination for the Raveloe boys, who would often leave off their nutting or birds'-nesting to peep in at the window of the stone cottage, counterbalancing a certain awe at the mysterious action of the loom, by a pleasant sense of scornful superiority, drawn from the mockery of its alternating noises, along with the bent, tread-mill attitude of the weaver.
Beside his taste for the fine arts, which Luigi had carried as far as he could in his solitude, he was given to alternating fits of sadness and enthusiasm, was often angry and capricious, and always sarcastic.
It was one of those entrance-halls which make the surrounding rooms look like closets--with stucco angels, trumpets, and flower-wreaths on the lofty ceiling, and great medallions of miscellaneous heroes on the walls, alternating with statues in niches.
Tinor placed before him a calabash of poee-poee, from which the stranger regaled himself, alternating every mouthful with some rapid exclamation, which was eagerly caught up and echoed by the crowd that completely filled the house.