alternately


alternately
alternate VERB 1) occur or do in turn repeatedly. 2) change repeatedly between two contrasting conditions.
ADJECTIVE 1) every other. 2) (of two things) each following and succeeded by the other in a regular pattern. 3) chiefly N. Amer. another term for ALTERNATIVE(Cf. ↑alternatively).
DERIVATIVES alternately adverb alternation noun.
USAGE The use of alternate to mean alternative (as in we will need to find alternate sources of fuel ) is common in North American English, though still regarded as incorrect by many in Britain.
ORIGIN Latin alternare 'do by turns' , from alter 'other' .

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  • Alternately — Al*ter nate*ly, adv. 1. In reciprocal succession; succeeding by turns; in alternate order. [1913 Webster] 2. (Math.) By alternation; when, in a proportion, the antecedent term is compared with antecedent, and consequent. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • alternately — (adv.) early 15c., from ALTERNATE (Cf. alternate) (adj.) + LY (Cf. ly) (2) …   Etymology dictionary

  • alternately — adverb in an alternating sequence or position (Freq. 3) They were deglycerolized by alternately centrifuging and mixing he planted fir and pine trees alternately • Derived from adjective: ↑alternate …   Useful english dictionary

  • alternately — See alternate, alternately, alternative, alternatively …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • alternately — adverb see alternate I …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • alternately — See alternate. * * * …   Universalium

  • alternately — adverb /ˈɔl.tɚ.nət.li/ a) In reciprocal succession; succeeding by turns; in alternate order. b) By alternation; when, in a proportion, the antecedent term is compared with antecedent, and consequent. <! material copied from Websters Revised… …   Wiktionary

  • alternately — al ter·nate·ly || lɪ adv. interchangeably, in rotation, with one and then the other …   English contemporary dictionary

  • alternately — al·ter·nate·ly …   English syllables

  • alternately — See: alternate …   English dictionary