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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 previewResponse of the Elemental Chemistry of Carbonate Phases to Secular Change in Ocean Chemistry (2008)

carbonate minerals in aqueous solutions, post-depositional diagenetic alteration is the rule, rather than the exception. Within this context, understanding the spatial and temporal variability in the fluids responsible for diagenetic alteration is a ...

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 previewEcological Statistics (2015)

Contemporary theory and application by Gordon A. Fox, Simoneta Negrete-Yankelevich, Vinicio J. Sosa

While hydrologic alteration is an ancestor of native species richness, it is not a parent because there is no direct linkage. So, for the SE model, we have four equations representing the four parentchild relationships. These equations are of the ...

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

Greenchist 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 ...

Google previewReports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Court of Common Pleas, and Other Courts (1815)

From Michaelmas Term, 48 Geo. III. 1807, to [Hilary Term, 59 Geo. III. 1819] Both Inclusive. With Tables of the Cases and Principal Matters by Great Britain. Court of Common Pleas

The alteration is a very material one. When once a declaration of interest is made, the policy attaches not on any ...

Google previewPhotographic Possibilities (2001)

The Expressive Use of Ideas, Materials, and Processes by Robert Hirsch, John Valentino

Hitting Resistance Hand alteration is a way to expand the photographic lexicon and is not meant to replace or threaten traditional modes of working. When hand- altering work, take the freedom to push and pull the ideas and materials until ...

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 previewAn Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents Other Than Court Forms (1908)

An alteration of the rules of a ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Law (2015)

by Jonathan Law

alteration of share capital allocation questionnaire Under earlier versions of the *Civil Procedure Rules, a questionnaire that was served on both parties in civil litigation. The completion of this document enabled the court to allocate the ...

Google previewElsevier's Dictionary of Vitamins and Pharmacochemistry (2006)

by Henry Philippsborn

d alpha-Tocopherylacetat n f acétate m d'alpha-tocophéryle p acetato m de alfa- tocoferila 310 alteration of a medicament as enzymatic action (Enz.) ( Pharmaceutical technology; conservation problem.) d Veränderung feines Medikamentes als ...

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 ...

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However, the sovereignty of the states is constitutionally defined and recognized, while the powers of the local government in Puerto Rico are defined by, and subject to alteration under, federal statutory law. (Dick Thornburgh)
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