alternating series

noun

Definition of alternating series 

: a mathematical series in which consecutive terms are alternatively positive and negative

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The Orioles and Angels have alternated series wins and losses the past four seasons, with the Orioles winning in 2016 and 2014. 2. Josh Land, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles on deck: What to watch Tuesday at Angels, plus lineups, broadcast info and more," 1 May 2018 The two alternated series with the first-team offense on A-Day, and that competition is also expected to wage on through the offseason and into fall camp. Tom Green, AL.com, "Gus Malzahn encouraged by development of Auburn's offensive line this spring," 13 Apr. 2018 Kim Jong Un’s alternating series of missile tests and intimidation—threatening Japan with a nuclear strike and dismissing Abe as a headless chicken—has helped him recover from a low of 26 percent in the polls this summer. Jeffrey Kingston, The Atlantic, "Shinzo Abe Keeps Winning," 21 Oct. 2017 Steen and Davis alternated series the previous three games. Chris Perkins, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Dolphins players not upset about team's new national anthem policy," 11 Oct. 2017 Kapoi got the start and the pair alternated series in the opening half. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Badgers notes: Normally reserved Paul Chryst delivers passionate halftime speech," 2 Sep. 2017

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1817, in the meaning defined above

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