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[awl-ter-ney-shuhn, al-]
the act or process of alternating or the state of being alternated.
alternate succession; repeated rotation: the alternation of the seasons.
Electricity. a single fluctuation in the absolute value of an alternating current or voltage from zero to a maximum and back to zero, being equal to one half cycle.
Linguistics. variation in the form of a linguistic unit as it occurs in different environments or under different conditions, as between the -ed and -en forms of the past participle in danced and spoken or between the (t) and (d) pronunciations of the past tense suffix -ed in hopped and rubbed.

1605–15; < Late Latin alternātiōn- (stem of alternātiō). See alternate, -ion Unabridged
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alternation (ˌɔːltəˈneɪʃən)
1.  successive change from one condition or action to another and back again repeatedly
2.  logic another name for disjunction

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Word Origin & History

1610s, from Fr.alternation, from L. alternationem (nom. alternatio), noun of action from alternatus, pp. of alternare (see alternate).
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alternation al·ter·na·tion (ôl'tər-nā'shən, āl'-)
Successive change from one thing or state to another and back again.

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