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alternate (AWL tur nayt) (verb), alternates; alternated; alternating
Occurring by taking turns; succeeding each other, take turns, rotate, interchange, vary, change: "Mack and his sister alternate washing the supper dishes."

"James alternated with Sam in taking the night shift on different nights."

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alternating (adjective) (not comparable)
1. A reference to something that occurs in a successive manner: There is always an alternating day with night.
2. Pertaining to proceeding by turns: The students were alternating working their assignments at the computers.
3. Characteristic of having emotions passing back and forth from one condition to another: Some people have alternating reactions to happiness and depression.
4. In electricity, relating to the reverses of directions at regular intervals in a circuit.
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(Latin: reciprocus, turning back the same way, alternating; turning backward and forward; to give, to do, to feel, or to show in return)
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electronic alternating-current voltmeter, electronic alternating current voltmeter
1. A voltmeter consisting of a direct-current milliammeter calibrated in volts and connected to an amplifier-rectifier circuit.
2. A device that measures voltage in amplifier-rectifier circuits.
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alternating current, AC
A type of electrical current, the direction of which is reversed at regular intervals or cycles.

In the United States, the standard is 120 reversals or 60 cycles per second. Electricity transmission networks use alternating current because voltage can be controlled with relative ease.

Alternating current is easier to transmit over long distances than direct current (DC), and it is the form of electricity used today in most homes and businesses.