alternately alternately  /ˈɔl tər nət li/


  • (adv) in an alternating sequence or position


  1. Every year Mobil surveys alternately the health of sea and plant life and the health of oyster and clam beds in tidal waters.
  2. It shouldn't be surprising that research on consciousness is alternately exhilarating and disturbing.
  3. One of owner Lucille Crooks's thrills came the day she witnessed a young American backpacker talking and smiling to his burger as he alternately beheld it and munched on it.


  1. Facebook's Complaint Process Is Arbitrary — But So Is Campaigning

    Bennett Haselton writes "After initial abuse reports failed to shut down some anti-women and pro-rape pages on Facebook, a wider lobbying campaign succeeded in prompting a Facebook policy change. This has been alternately hailed as a vindication of the campaigner's cause, or derided as proof that Facebook can be cowed by humorless feminists. In reality, the success of the campaign was most ...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Slashdot

  2. Iain Banks | Scottish writer, 59

    Iain Banks, 59, who alternately wowed and disturbed readers with his dark jokes and narrative tricks, died early Sunday. In April, he announced that he was terminally ill with gall bladder cancer and that his soon-to-be released novel, The Quarry, would be his last.
    on June 11, 2013     Source:

  3. The Silver Cord

    Alternately hilarious and heart-stopping, Sidney Howard's 'The Silver Cord' tells the story of the sweetly tyrannical, Mrs. Phelps - the "mother of all mothers."
    on June 11, 2013     Source: New York Times


  1. "What you saw was a number of people who have alternately been brainwashed or threatened into submission," said Mr. Rendell.
    on Nov 25, 2007 By: Ed Rendell Source: Towanda Daily Review

  2. "The combination suggests that this was not a deep-water environment but more of a salt flat, alternately wet and dry," Squyres said.
    on Dec 14, 2004 By: Steve Squyres Source: San Diego Union Tribune

  3. No wonder Karl Marx's collaborator Frederick Engels described American political parties as "two great gangs of political speculators, who alternately take possession of the state power and exploit it by the most corrupt means and for the most...
    on Oct 7, 2009 By: Friedrich Engels Source: Socialist Worker Online

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adulterate adulterate
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