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alternant

adjective al·ter·nant \ˈȯltə(r)nənt also ˈal-; chiefly British ȯlˈtə̄n- also alˈt-\

Definition of alternant

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Origin and Etymology of alternant

Latin alternant-, alternans, present participle of alternare to alternate — more at alternate


First Known Use: circa 1640


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alternant

noun al·ter·nant \"\

Definition of alternant

plural

-s

  1. 1 mathematics :  a determinant the constituents of whose different rows are (in order) the same set of functions of different variables, the same variable appearing in each row and the same function in each column, the terms row and column here being interchangeable

  2. 2 :  one of the statements in logic composing an alternation

  3. 3 :  any of the nonsignificant variants (as an allomorph or allophone) that together constitute a significant linguistic category

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1878

First Known Use of alternant

1878


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