Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In an alternate manner.
  • With the omission or intervention of one between each two: as, read the lines alternately; in French prosody male and female rimes occur in couplets alternately.
  • In heraldry, according to alternate quarters (which see, under alternate).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb In reciprocal succession; succeeding by turns; in alternate order.
  • adverb (Math.) By alternation; when, in a proportion, the antecedent term is compared with antecedent, and consequent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb In reciprocal succession; succeeding by turns; in alternate order.
  • adverb mathematics By alternation; when, in a proportion, the antecedent term is compared with antecedent, and consequent.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adverb in an alternating sequence or position

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

alternate +‎ -ly

Examples

  • He gives his title alternately as “Minister of Truth and Enlightenment” and “First Piece of Meat.”

    FLY FISHING WITH DARTH VADER

  • Kennedy's trademark fascination with violence, both physical and psychological, animates these stories in alternately bold and subtle guises: the literal bloodshed in "What Becomes" and "Story of My Life" complements the romantic heartbreak in "Edinburgh" and "Sympathy."

    Review of What Becomes by A.L. Kennedy

  • Starting and ending with the dry ingredients, beat them in alternately with the coffee mixture.

    Archive 2009-07-01

  • With the mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients and milk in alternately in 2-3 additions. making sure to begin and end with the dry ingredients.

    CAKE SLICE BAKERS: SWEET POTATO CAKE

  • Starting and ending with the dry ingredients, beat them in alternately with the coffee mixture.

    Like Caffeine - and Booze - for Chocolate

  • With the mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients and milk in alternately in 2-3 additions. making sure to begin and end with the dry ingredients.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • "While clearly of a piece with [Bruce] Weber's still photography, the style of the film is fairly unconventional for a doc of its vintage, shot, as it was, in alternately underlit and high-contrast black and white, with interviews set and lit like photo shoots and the highly stylized directorial touch of the filmmaker evident throughout."

    GreenCine Daily: Weekend shorts.

  • Or, alternately, is it possible that our history is an essential element of our culture, of us as individuals?

    Waldo Jaquith - Allen, Goode and Hargrove (oh my!)

  • After these came the unfortunate Nicephorus; his looks were those of a man half-dead from the terror of immediate dissolution, and what he possessed of remaining attention, was turned successively to two black-stoled monks, who were anxiously repeating religious passages to him alternately from the Greek scripture, and the form of devotion adopted by the court of Constantinople.

    Count Robert of Paris

  • These and many other questions had been asked and thoroughly discussed by the matrons and daughters of Santa Fé, especially by the latter, to all of whom he had made love and sent flowers and serenaded in turn until, out of sheer desperation, they called alternately upon God and the devil to keep or punish this gay Lothario who loved all and yet none, and who gave such exquisite _fiestas_ in his beautiful _hacienda_.

    When Dreams Come True

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