[ UK /ˌɒltənˈe‍ɪʃən/ ]
[ US /ˈɔɫtɝˌneɪʃən/ ]
  1. successive change from one thing or state to another and back again
    a trill is a rapid alternation between the two notes
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How To Use alternation In A Sentence

  • There are marked changes in the abundance, activity and composition of almost all components of the pelagic system of the Banda Sea, related to the monsoon-induced alternation between periods of upwelling and downwelling (see Zijlstra and Baars, 1990). Indonesian Sea large marine ecosystem
  • Such rapid alternations of mood are a feature of her writing.
  • Phyllotaxis, which need not be entered into fully here; but in order the better to estimate the teratological changes which take place, it may be well to allude to the following circumstances relating to the alternation of parts. Vegetable Teratology An Account of the Principal Deviations from the Usual Construction of Plants
  • The absence of alternation also has consequences for the governing elite.
  • Such rapid alternations of mood are a feature of her writing.
  • In these hemipelagic units, the cyclic alternation of limestones and marls constitutes the elementary stratigraphic building blocks.
  • Each has its huge white Wady, striping the country in alternation with dark-brown divides, and trending coastwards in the usual network. The Land of Midian
  • His alternation of horizontals and verticals plays like a musician's notes; each arrangement is a complex, nuanced reflection of universal and personal pathos and always more than the sum of its parts.
  • The monophonic chants exhibit considerable variety, both in the alternation of participants – priest, readers, cantor, soloists and choir – and, particularly, in musical, texture: the delivery of text on a single pitch, then more ornamental recitation patterns – formulas specific to the beginning, middle and end of a phrase – and finally actual melodies. Archive 2009-04-01
  • Regime alternation is costly, regroup a new government might be harm for a country economic.
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