AskDefine | Define alternation

Dictionary Definition

alternation

Noun

1 being regularly exchangeable
2 successive change from one thing or state to another and back again

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

Latin alternatio: compare with French alternation.

Pronunciation

IPA: WEAE /ˈɔl.tɚˌneɪ.ʃən/

Noun

  1. The reciprocal succession of (normally two) things in time or place; the act of following and being followed by turns; alternate succession, performance, or occurrence; as, the alternation of day and night, cold and heat, summer and winter, hope and fear.
  2. The response of the congregation speaking alternately with the minister.
  3. ablaut
  4. The "inclusive or" truth function.
  5. A sequence that alternates between positive and negative values. (Sometimes wrongly used to mean a permutation.)

Translations

alternate succession
  • Croatian: alternacija

Extensive Definition

Alternation may refer to one of the following.
alternation in German: Alternanz
alternation in Low German: Alternanz
alternation in Slovak: Alternácia

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Lissajous figure, back-and-forth, battledore and shuttlecock, beat, chain, coaction, coming and going, commutation, complementary distribution, concurrence, consecution, cooperation, counterchange, cross fire, cyclicalness, ebb and flow, engagement, exchange, fluctuation, flux and reflux, give-and-take, interaction, interchange, intercommunication, intercourse, interlacing, intermeshing, intermittence, intermittency, intermutation, interplay, intertwining, interweaving, interworking, lex talionis, measure for measure, mesh, meshing, meter, mutual admiration, mutual support, mutual transfer, mutuality, order, oscillation, pendulation, pendulum motion, periodicalness, periodicity, permutation, piston motion, progression, pulsation, quid pro quo, reappearance, reciprocality, reciprocation, reciprocity, recurrence, regular wave motion, reoccurrence, repetition, retaliation, return, reversion, rhythm, rhythmic play, rotation, row, seasonality, seesaw, seesawing, sequel, sequence, series, shifting, shuffling, sine wave, something for something, succession, teeter, teeter-totter, teeter-tottering, teetering, tit for tat, to-and-fro, tottering, train, transposal, transposition, undulation, ups and downs, vacillation, variation, vicissitude, wavering, wigwag
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