AskDefine | Define alternating

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alternating adj
1 of a current that reverses direction at regular intervals; "alternating current" [ant: direct]
2 occurring by turns; first one and then the other; "alternating feelings of love and hate" [syn: alternate(a), alternating(a)]

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  1. present participle of the verb ''to alternate


  1. that alternates
  2. Having a planar diagram whose crossings alternate between "over" and "under" as one travels along the knot.
  3. Having terms that alternate between positive and negative.


such that it alternates

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