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: the act or process of alternating or causing to alternate
: alternating occurrence : succession
: inclusive disjunction
: the occurrence of different allomorphs or allophones
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15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a
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alternation of generations
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: the act, process, or result of taking place by turns
alternation of light and dark
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alleviating pain or harshness
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