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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 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

Unlike the multielement design, the alternating treatments design can include a baseline phase; an intervention phase, where two or more independent variables are alternated in a similar fashion as in the multielement design; and a third ...

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 previewConcise Polymeric Materials Encyclopedia (1998)

by Joseph C. Salamone

ALTERNATING RADICAL COPOLYMERIZATION 43 PROPERTIES Alternating ethylene-vinyl alcohol copolymer was a white, tough, crystalline material. A sample as precipitated from its solution showed in differential scanning calorimetry ...

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 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 ...

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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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