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Alternating is a member of the word family alter, included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the adjective alternating

What does alternating mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. (of a current) reversing direction
  2. occurring by turns; first one and then the other
    • example: alternating feelings of love and hate
    • adjective position: attributive adjective (it occurs before the noun)
    • synonym of alternating: alternate
    • similar: cyclic / cyclical

Alternative definition of the adjective alternating


  1. that alternates
  2. [mathematics, of a knot] Having a planar diagram whose crossings alternate between "over" and "under" as one travels along the knot.
  3. [mathematics, of a series] Having terms that alternate between positive and negative.

Phrases with Alternating

  1. Alternating knot
  2. alternating current
  3. Alternating Function
  4. alternating electric current

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Alternating

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Google previewHawkins' electrical dictionary (1910)

a cyclopedia of words, terms, phrases and data used in the electric arts, trades and sciences by Nehemiah Hawkins

Alternating Current Transformer. Alignment. — 1. The line to which adjustment is made, or things are arranged in line ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Special Education (2007)

A Reference for the Education of Children, Adolescents, and Adults with Disabilities and Other Exceptional Individuals by Cecil R. Reynolds, Elaine Fletcher-Janzen

The alternating treatments design is a variation of the multielement designs (Kennedy, 2005). Unlike the multielement design, the alternating treatments design can include a baseline phase; an intervention phase, where two or more ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Physics (2013)

by Robert Besancon

Since any alternating current may be expressed as the sum of a series of sinusoidal terms, the remainder of this article will be devoted to a discussion of sinusoidal voltages and currents. Root-mean-square Value The equation for an ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Thermal Packaging (2012)

by Avram Bar-Cohen

300 400 400 B C/A S C/A C/W B/S C/A B C/A S C/A C/W B/S C/A B: Bubbly S: Slug B/S: Alternating bubbly/slug flow C/W: Alternating churn/wispy- annular ...

Google previewWhittington's Dictionary of Plastics, Third Edition (1993)

by James F. Carley

Alternating. Stress. 17. Allyl Esters Esters of allyl alcohol, used in the production of plasti- cizers and resins. Allyl Resins Resins formed by the addition polymerization of compounds containing the group CH2=CHCH2, such as esters of allyl ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Neurological Signs (2016)

by A.J. Larner

P Periodic Alternating Nystagmus Cross Reference Myotonia Periodic Alternating Nystagmus Periodic alternating nystagmus is a horizontal jerk nystagmus, which damps or stops for a few seconds and then reverses direction. Eye movements ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Cryptography and Security (2014)

by Henk C.A. van Tilborg, Sushil Jajodia

The Alternating Step Generator is presented below. Example: The. Alternating. Step. Generator. The alternating step generator has been introduced in [ ] and can be equivalently described as illustrated by Fig. . It output clock ...

Google previewThe Edinburgh Encyclopaedia (1832)

Camus for moving Sieves, by which a circular alternating motion is changed into another of the same kind. Figs. 29, 30. Contain other contrivances for the same purpose. PLATE CCCLXVI. Contains numerous ...

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It's also possible to have two third person singular points of view, as represented by two characters through whose eyes the story is told in alternating chapters, say. (Arthur Herzog)
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Scrabble value of A1L1T1E1R1N1A1T1I1N1G2

The value of this 11-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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