alter

[awl-ter]
verb (used with object)
1.
to make different in some particular, as size, style, course, or the like; modify: to alter a coat; to alter a will; to alter course.
2.
to castrate or spay.
verb (used without object)
3.
to change; become different or modified.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Old French alterer < Late Latin alterāre to change, worsen, derivative of Latin alter other

alterer, noun
half-altered, adjective
prealter, verb (used with object)
realter, verb
unaltering, adjective
well-altered, adjective

altar, alter.


1. See adjust, change.
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Alter

[awl-ter]
noun
David, 1807–81, U.S. physicist.

alter.

alt

[alt] Music.
adjective
1.
noun
2.
in alt, in the first octave above the treble staff.

Origin:
1525–35; < Provençal < Latin altum, noun use of neuter of altus high

alter idem

[ahl-ter ee-dem; English awl-ter ahy-dem, al-]
noun Latin.
another exactly the same.
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alt (ælt)
 
adj
1.  (esp of vocal music) high in pitch
2.  of or relating to the octave commencing with the G above the top line of the treble staff
 
n
3.  in alt in the octave directly above the treble staff
 
[C16: from Provençal, from Latin altus high, deep]

alter (ˈɔːltə)
 
vb
1.  to make or become different in some respect; change
2.  informal chiefly (US) (tr) castrate a euphemistic word for spay
 
[C14: from Old French alterer, from Medieval Latin alterāre to change, from Latin alter other]
 
'alterable
 
adj
 
'alterably
 
adv
 
altera'bility
 
n

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Word Origin & History

alter
late 14c., "to change (something)," from O.Fr. alterer, from M.L. alterare "to change," from L. alter "the other (of the two)," from PIE *al- "beyond" + comp. suffix -ter (cf. other). Intransitive sense "to become otherwise" first recorded 1580s.
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Medical Dictionary

ALT (ā'ěl-tē')
n.
Alanine aminotransferase; an enzyme in serum and body tissues that catalyzes the transfer of amino acid groups from l-alanine to 2-ketoglutarate or the reverse, thus allowing nitrogen to be excreted or incorporated into other compounds.

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ALTER definition

database
An SQL Data Definition Language command that adds or removes columns or indexes to/from a table or modifies the table definition in some other way. This differs from the INSERT, UPDATE and DELETE (Data Modification Language) commands in that those change the data stored in the table but not its definition.
MySQL ALTER TABLE command (http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.1/en/alter-table.html).
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
Alt
alternate
ALT
alanine aminotransferase
alter.
alteration
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Example sentences for Alter
Similar to alter ego, but more specifically referring to a name, not to a second self.
Metal subgenres variously emphasize, alter, or omit one or more of these attributes.
The che proteins alter the tumbling frequency, and alter the receptors.
Some cosmetic lenses are deliberately colored to alter the appearance of the eye.
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