alternation

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noun al·ter·na·tion \ˌȯl-tər-ˈnā-shən also ˌal-\

Definition of alternation

  1. 1 a :  the act or process of alternating or causing to alternate b :  alternating occurrence :  succession

  2. 2 :  inclusive disjunction

  3. 3 :  the occurrence of different allomorphs or allophones

15th Century

First Known Use of alternation

15th century


ALTERNATION Defined for Kids

alternation

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noun al·ter·na·tion \ˌȯl-tər-ˈnā-shən\

Definition of alternation for Students

  1. :  the act, process, or result of taking place by turns <alternation of light and dark>


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