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Definition of alternate:

  1. A proportion derived from another proportion by interchanging the means.
  2. A substitute; one designated to take the place of another, if necessary, in performing some duty.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Distributed, as leaves, singly at different heights of the stem, and at equal intervals as respects angular divergence.
  6. That which alternates with something else; vicissitude.
  7. 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.
  8. To perform by turns, or in succession; to cause to succeed by turns; to interchange regularly.
  9. To vary by turns; as, the land alternates between rocky hills and sandy plains.


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