alternation


alternation
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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