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Alternate vs. Synonym

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Alternateadjective

Being or succeeding by turns; one following the other in succession of time or place; by turns first one and then the other; hence, reciprocal.

Synonymnoun

A word whose meaning is the same as that of another word.

Alternateadjective

(mathematics) Designating the members in a series, which regularly intervene between the members of another series, as the odd or even numbers of the numerals; every other; every second.

‘the alternate members 1, 3, 5, 7, etc.’;

Synonymnoun

A word or phrase with a meaning that is the same as, or very similar to, another word or phrase.

‘“Happy” is a synonym of “glad”.’;

Alternateadjective

(US) Other; alternative.

‘Hyperlinked text is displayed in alternate color in a Web browser.’;

Synonymnoun

(zoology) Any of the formal names for a taxon, including the valid name (i.e. the senior synonym).

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Alternateadjective

(botany) Distributed, as leaves, singly at different heights of the stem, and at equal intervals as respects angular divergence.

Synonymnoun

Any name for a taxon, usually a validly published, formally accepted one, but often also an unpublished name.

Alternatenoun

That which alternates with something else; vicissitude.

Synonymnoun

(databases) An alternative (often shorter) name defined for an object in a database.

Alternatenoun

(US) A substitute; an alternative; one designated to take the place of another, if necessary, in performing some duty.

Synonymnoun

One of two or more words (commonly words of the same language) which are equivalents of each other; one of two or more words which have very nearly the same signification, and therefore may often be used interchangeably. See under Synonymous.

‘All languages tend to clear themselves of synonyms as intellectual culture advances, the superfluous words being taken up and appropriated by new shades and combinations of thought evolved in the progress of society.’; ‘His name has thus become, throughout all civilized countries, a synonym for probity and philanthropy.’; ‘In popular literary acceptation, and as employed in special dictionaries of such words, synonyms are words sufficiently alike in general signification to be liable to be confounded, but yet so different in special definition as to require to be distinguished.’;

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Alternatenoun

(mathematics) A proportion derived from another proportion by interchanging the means.

Synonymnoun

An incorrect or incorrectly applied scientific name, as a new name applied to a species or genus already properly named, or a specific name preoccupied by that of another species of the same genus; - so used in the system of nomenclature (which see) in which the correct scientific names of certain natural groups (usually genera, species, and subspecies) are regarded as determined by priority.

Alternatenoun

(US) A replacement of equal or greater value or function.

Synonymnoun

One of two or more words corresponding in meaning but of different languages; a heteronym.

Alternatenoun

(heraldry) Figures or tinctures that succeed each other by turns.

Synonymnoun

two words that can be interchanged in a context are said to be synonymous relative to that context

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Alternateverb

(transitive) To perform by turns, or in succession; to cause to succeed by turns; to interchange regularly.

Synonymnoun

a word or phrase that means exactly or nearly the same as another word or phrase in the same language, for example shut is a synonym of close

‘‘the East’ was a synonym for the Soviet empire’; ‘‘shut’ is a synonym of ‘close’’;

Alternateverb

(intransitive) To happen, succeed, or act by turns; to follow reciprocally in place or time; followed by with.

‘The flood and ebb tides alternate with each other.’;

Synonymnoun

a person or thing so closely associated with a particular quality or idea that the mention of their name calls it to mind

‘the Victorian age is a synonym for sexual puritanism’;

Alternateverb

(intransitive) To vary by turns.

‘The land alternates between rocky hills and sandy plains.’;

Synonymnoun

a taxonomic name which has the same application as another, especially one which has been superseded and is no longer valid.

Alternateverb

To perform an alternation (removal of alternate vertices) on (a polytope or tessellation); to remove vertices (from a face or edge) as part of an alternation.

Synonym

A synonym is a word, morpheme, or phrase that means exactly or nearly the same as another word, morpheme, or phrase in the same language. For example, the words begin, start, commence, and initiate are all synonyms of one another; they are synonymous.

Alternateadjective

Being or succeeding by turns; one following the other in succession of time or place; by turns first one and then the other; hence, reciprocal.

‘And bid alternate passions fall and rise.’;

Alternateadjective

Designating the members in a series, which regularly intervene between the members of another series, as the odd or even numbers of the numerals; every other; every second; as, the alternate members 1, 3, 5, 7, etc. ; read every alternate line.

Alternateadjective

Distributed, as leaves, singly at different heights of the stem, and at equal intervals as respects angular divergence.

Alternatenoun

That which alternates with something else; vicissitude.

‘Grateful alternates of substantial.’;

Alternatenoun

A substitute; one designated to take the place of another, if necessary, in performing some duty.

Alternatenoun

A proportion derived from another proportion by interchanging the means.

Alternateverb

To perform by turns, or in succession; to cause to succeed by turns; to interchange regularly.

‘The most high God, in all things appertaining unto this life, for sundry wise ends alternates the disposition of good and evil.’;

Alternateverb

To happen, succeed, or act by turns; to follow reciprocally in place or time; - followed by with; as, the flood and ebb tides alternate with each other.

‘Rage, shame, and grief alternate in his breast.’; ‘Different species alternating with each other.’;

Alternateverb

To vary by turns; as, the land alternates between rocky hills and sandy plains.

Alternatenoun

someone who takes the place of another person

Alternateverb

go back and forth; swing back and forth between two states or conditions

Alternateverb

exchange people temporarily to fulfill certain jobs and functions

Alternateverb

be an understudy or alternate for a role

Alternateverb

reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action)

Alternateverb

do something in turns;

‘We take turns on the night shift’;

Alternateadjective

every second one of a series;

‘the cleaning lady comes on alternate Wednesdays’; ‘jam every other day’;

Alternateadjective

allowing a choice;

‘an alternative plan’;

Alternateadjective

occurring by turns; first one and then the other;

‘alternating feelings of love and hate’;

Alternateadjective

of leaves and branches etc; first on one side and then on the other in two ranks along an axis; not paired;

‘stems with alternate leaves’;

Alternateverb

occur in turn repeatedly

‘bouts of depression alternate with periods of elation’;

Alternateverb

do or perform in turn repeatedly

‘some adults who wish to alternate work with education’;

Alternateverb

change repeatedly between two contrasting conditions

‘the government alternated between the Labour and Conservative parties’;

Alternateadjective

every other; every second

‘she was asked to attend on alternate days’;

Alternateadjective

(of two things) each following and succeeded by the other in a regular pattern

‘alternate bouts of intense labour and of idleness’;

Alternateadjective

(of leaves or shoots) placed alternately on the two sides of the stem.

Alternateadjective

another term for alternative

‘a novel set in an alternate universe’;

Alternatenoun

a person who acts as a deputy or substitute

‘he shall be entitled to exercise the vote of the director for whom he is an alternate’;

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