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Alteration 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 noun alteration

What does alteration mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: alterations

  1. an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another
  2. the act of making something different (as e.g. the size of a garment)
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of alteration: adjustment / modification
    • more generic word: change = the action of changing something
    • more specific words:
      • loosening / laxation = the act of making something less tight
      • tightening = the act of making something tighter
      • accommodation = the automatic adjustment in focal length of the natural lens of the eye
      • adaptation = the responsive adjustment of a sense organ (as the eye) to varying conditions
      • tune = the adjustment of a radio receiver or other circuit to a required frequency
  3. the act of revising or altering (involving reconsideration and modification)

Alternative definition of the noun alteration


  1. The act of altering or making different.
  2. The state of being altered; a change made in the form or nature of a thing; changed condition.


  1. "Alteration" is a composition, cataloged instance.
    • music and lyrics by Zaq
  2. "Alteration" is the debut album by Australian/Indonesian band Altera Enigma, recorded over 2 years and released on January 2006. The emotional and sophisticated style found on the album drew comparisons to Liquid Tension Experiment, Gordian Knot, and Cynic.
  3. "Alteration" is a musical album of Element.
    • released on (9 years ago)
  4. "Alteration" is a musical single of Zaq.
    • released on
  5. "Alteration" is a musical single of Dronning Maud Land.
  6. "Alteration" is a musical album of Radi8.


Alteration: In music alteration, an example of chromaticism, is the use of a neighboring pitch in the chromatic scale in place of its diatonic neighbor such as in an altered chord. This should not be confused with borrowing, in which pitches or chords from the parallel key are used in place of those of the original key. Altered notes may be used as leading tones to emphasize their diatonic neighbors.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Alteration

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Google previewA Theory of Harmony (1985)

by Ernst Levy

Whenever we speak of an altered tone or an altered interval, we are referring to an non- altered state as the true harmonic relationship; hence the alteration is a spatial distortion of a harmonic entity ...

Google previewHydrothermal Mineral Deposits (2012)

Principles and Fundamental Concepts for the Exploration Geologist by Franco Pirajno

Intermediate argillic alteration refers to the presence of minerals such as montmorillonite, illite, chlorite, hydromicas and, locally, kaolinite. The formation of these minerals is related to the availability of limited amounts of K, Ca and Mg ( Beane ...

Google previewOchoco National Forest (N.F.), Maury Mountains Allotment Management Plan (2006)

Environmental Impact Statement

Streambank alteration is the amount of streambank (within the active floodplain) which has been altered by hoof shear, trampling, and/or post holing and has the potential to result in a cutbank or altered channel morphology. Altered ...

Google previewLand-Use Planning for Sustainable Development, Second Edition (2013)

by Jane Silberstein, M.A., Chris Maser

This alteration means that composition is malleable to human desire and thus negotiable ...

Google previewInternational Law (2010)

by Malcolm Evans

The chief structural alteration is the addition of a new chapter by Spencer Zifcak on the newly emerging concept of'the responsibility to protect', or the 'R2P', which is considered within the context of State responsibility rather than of the use of ...

Google previewOceanic Basalts (2012)

by P.A. Floyd

facies alteration is the dominant form of metamorphism both in the lower pillow lavas and the transition zone, and in the dykes. Reactions with upwelling hot hydrothermal fluids are deduced to have taken place. One episode resulted in the ...

Google previewForensic Anthropology (2013)

Current Methods and Practice by Angi M. Christensen, Nicholas V. Passalacqua, Eric J. Bartelink

An alteration is any change to the physical properties of a bone, while trauma refers to the physical disruption of living tissues by outside forces. The conclusions reached from the analysis of skeletal trauma typically include the timing of the ...

Google previewWriting Interactive Music for Video Games (2014)

A Composer's Guide by Michael Sweet

Arrangement alteration refers to adapting a ...

Google previewTaber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary (2017)

by Donald Venes

RELATED FACTORS Alteration in cognitive functioning; psychological disorder; Impaired metabolic functioning; malnutrition; sarcopenia; Insufficient endurance; Neurological disorder; Orthopedic surgery; Pain; Prescribed posture; ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of toxicology (2005)

Dib-L] by Philip Wexler, Bruce D. Anderson

Alteration. of. Host. Hypovirus-Mediated. Alteration. of. Host. PhenotypePhenotype. In addition to reduced virulence, hypovirus-infection also causes a number of associated phenotypic changes in its host. These can include: convenient ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of applied psychology (2004)

A-E by Charles Donald Spielberger

Although decisions in sport are required, these same memory traces are used to retrieve a response and keep another response alternative on alert for possible and immediate alteration, refinement, or modification. When the stored ...

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All historical experience demonstrates the following: Our earth cannot be changed unless in the not too distant future an alteration in the consciousness of individuals is achieved. (Hans Kung)
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Scrabble value of A1L1T1E1R1A1T1I1O1N1

The value of this 10-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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