Definition of alternation in English:


Pronunciation /ɔːltəˈneɪʃ(ə)n//ɒltəˈneɪʃ(ə)n/


mass noun
  • The repeated occurrence of two things in turn.

    ‘the regular alternation of stressed and unstressed syllables’
    count noun ‘Ghana's climate is warm and humid, with distinct alternations between rainy summer and dry winters’
    • ‘The so-called sleep movements of leaves are determined by the daily alternations of light and darkness.’
    • ‘The distracting alternation of languages is annoying.’
    • ‘One alternation of silence and electronic sounds helps you to sense that here is the music of the spheres.’
    • ‘He plays with sharp alternations of mood, from the high-spirited to the melancholic in a single sentence or musical cue.’
    • ‘There is no evolution in his work, but a continual alternation between structure and disorder, equilibrium and fragmentation.’
    • ‘Keyboard instruments can simulate these effects by a rapid alternation of notes, often an octave apart.’
    • ‘Alternating applications of different fungicides has the effect of limiting total seasonal use of both fungicides used in the alternation.’
    • ‘The color alternations intensify at various moments, as though attempting to overwhelm the viewer's sensorial apparatus.’
    • ‘These alternations result from vowel sequences which are unique to derived verb stems.’
    • ‘Her alternation between a slight twang and subtle gristle leans a bit toward classic country.’