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Definition of the noun alternation

What does alternation mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: alternations

  1. successive change from one thing or state to another and back again
    • example: a trill is a rapid alternation between the two notes
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: sequence / succession = the action of following in order

Alternative definition of the noun alternation


  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. [linguistics] ablaut
  4. [logic] The "inclusive or" truth function.
  5. [mathematics] A sequence that alternates between positive and negative values. (Sometimes wrongly used to mean a permutation.)


Alternation is a Patience game which is played using two decks of playing cards. Its tableau is similar to that of another solitaire game, Stonewall.


  1. "Alternation" is a musical single of Cherry Moon Trax.
    • released in (19 years ago)
  2. "Alternation" is a musical album of Excepter.
    • released on (9 years ago)


Alternation is a record label.


  1. Alternation: In linguistics, an alternation is the phenomenon of a phoneme or morpheme exhibiting variation in its phonological realization. Each of the various realizations is called an alternant. The variation may be conditioned by the phonological, morphological, and/or syntactic environment in which the morpheme finds itself.
  2. Alternation: In geometry, an alternation or partial truncation, is an operation on a polyhedron or tiling that removes alternate vertices. Only even-sided polyhedra can be alternated, for example the zonohedra. Every 2n-sided face becomes n-sided. Square faces disappear into new edges.
    • also known as Snub
  3. Alternation: In formal language theory and pattern matching, alternation is the union of two sets of strings or patterns. As a pattern, the alternation of a and b matches either a or b.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Alternation

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Google previewIssues in Germanic Syntax (1991)

by Werner Abraham, Wim Kosmeijer, Eric J. Reuland

The dative alternation is an interesting area of research because of the theoretical problems associated with it. Neither Chomsky...

One of the main problems associated with the dative alternation is the problem of defining indirect objects.

Google previewGuitar For Dummies (2012)

by Mark Phillips, Jon Chappell

Alternation refers to the practice of playing the melody and bass parts one at a time, in an alternating fashion, instead of at the same time. Rather than having the thumb constantly play bass notes while the fingers simultaneously play melody ...

Google previewConditions on Phonological Government (2006)

by Monik Charette

Vowel—zero alternation is a thorny problem. Confronted with such data linguists have to discover if they are dealing with a process of vowel epenthesis or of vowel deletion. In French, where the presence of the vowel is not always predictable, ...

Google previewCommunicating Process Architectures 2000 (2000)

WoTUG-23 : Proceedings of the 23rd World Occam and Transputer User Group Technical Meeting, 10-13 September 2000, Canterbury, United Kingdom by P. H. Welch, André W. P. Bakkers

The essence ot alternation is that it acts as an arhiter hetween a numlx-r of concurrently presented alternative communications. An alternation comhines a numher ot processes guarded by communication — inputs or outputs on channels.

Google previewCurrent Issues in Computational Linguistics: In Honour of Don Walker (1994)

by Antonio Zampolli, Nicoletta Calzolari, Martha Palmer

As the benefactive alternation is a particularly complex property of bake, it is a particularly useful one to encode in a learners' dictionary entry. 1.3.1 Signalling the Benefactive Alternation None of the five dictionaries we have examined notes ...

Google previewUto-Aztecan (2000)

Structural, Temporal, and Geographic Perspectives : Papers in Memory of Wick R. Miller by the Friends of Uto-Aztecan by Eugene H. Casad, Thomas L. Willett

That the asymmetrical distribution of the causative- inchoative transitivity alternation is a systematic phenomenon, one to be explained within a theory of grammar, is perhaps dimly suggested by the English data ...

Google previewCausatives and Transitivity (1993)

by Bernard Comrie, Maria Polinsky

The main morphophonemic alternation is that some verb inflections palatalize preceding consonants (whereby l shifts to y, r to c, and w, depending on lexical item, to w or y). Stress is usually on the first syllabic segment of the word: the main ...

Google previewBilingual Conversation (1984)

by Peter Auer

interpretation where the exact meaning or function of language alternation is a result of both contextual information and these more general procedures.

Google previewMore Support for More-Support (2009)

The role of processing constraints on the choice between synthetic and analytic comparative forms by Britta Mondorf

Comparative alternation is a showcase of grammatical variation that poses an instructive challenge for linguistic theory-building in several ways. Firstly, the sheer number and diversity of constraints that have a bearing on the choice between a ...

Google previewThe Blackwell Encyclopedia of Management and Encyclopedic Dictionaries, The Blackwell Encyclopedic Dictionary of Management Information Systems (1999)

by Gordon B. Davis, Gordon Bitter Davis

Structured programming employs three basic control structures: sequence, alternation ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Multicultural Psychology (2006)

by Yo Jackson

Specifically, separation, assimilation, acculturation, alternation, multiculturalism, and fusion are strategic ways in which individuals deal with the experience of existing in two distinct cultures simultaneously. Separation: Individuals who orient ...

Google previewDictionary of Biological Psychology (2003)

by Philip Winn

Alternation learning can be carried out in a MAZE or an OPERANT environment such as a SKINNER BOX, although different neural processes may be involved with each. In the highly spatial setting of mazes, rats have a strong tendency to ...

Google previewCommunications Standard Dictionary (2012)

by Martin Weik

phase alternation by line—modified several South American countries, some Middle East and Asian countries, several African countries, Australia, New Zealand, and other Pacific island countries. See also National Television Standards ...

Google previewAdvances in Generative Lexicon Theory (2012)

by James Pustejovsky, Pierrette Bouillon, Hitoshi Isahara, Kyoko Kanzaki, Chungmin Lee

2, two different verbal alternations will be presented, the activity-active accomplishment alternation and the causative alternation; in addition, the ability of the same forms to license optional PPs such as instruments and comitatives will be ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Biology (2009)

by Don Rittner, Timothy Lee McCabe

alternation of generations A life cycle in plants where there is both a multicellular diploid form (the sporophyte generation) and a multicellular haploid form (the gametophyte generation). Gametophytes produce haploid ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Phonetics and Phonology (2004)

by R.L. Trask

A highly regular morphological alternation whose conditioning factors are purely phonological, such as the /s/ ~ /z/ ~ /ız/ alternation in the English plural. Bloomfield (1933: 211). 2. An alternation which applies exceptionlessly to all morphemes ...

Google previewConcise Encyclopedia of Semiconducting Materials & Related Technologies (2013)

by S. Mahajan, L. C. Kimerling

For the case of the transisomer of polyacetylene, the localized state thus produced is a bond alternation defect separating sections of chain on either side of it with opposite senses of bond alternation.

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The path of least resistance and least trouble is a mental rut already made. It requires troublesome work to undertake the alternation of old beliefs. (John Dewey)
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The value of this 11-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.


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