the act or process of ; the state of being :
Alteration will improve the dress.
a change; modification or adjustment:
There has been an alteration in our plans.
Close was so distraught by the alteration that she initially refused to take part in the re-shoot.
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If they liked it, fine; if not, they would often suggest an alteration.
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They had done their best; nothing more was possible in the way of addition or alteration—for good or ill the die was cast.
A College Girl Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
If, upon perusal of them, you think any alteration necessary, it shall be made.
Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
The colour will not be subject to any alteration when the distance and the quality of air have a reciprocal proportion.
A Treatise on Painting Leonardo Da Vinci
But, here, it must be distinctly understood, is no alteration produced by climate.
Life: Its True Genesis R. W. Wright
Besides the alteration that two years sometimes makes in a man, Jasper had made a considerable alteration on himself.
Away in the Wilderness R.M. Ballantyne
Every shade of alteration in them I was familiar with, for their changes were not many.
Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
This necessarily results in the alteration or omission of these features, and hence arise many modifications of original forms.
Origin and Development of Form and Ornament in Ceramic Art. William Henry Holmes
I certainly was very much struck at his alteration for the worse.
Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
an adjustment, change, or modification
the act of altering or state of being altered
late 14c., “action of altering,” from Old French alteracion (14c.) “change, alteration,” and directly from Medieval Latin alterationem (nominative alteratio), noun of action from past participle stem of Late Latin alterare (see alter). Meaning “change in character or appearance” is from 1530s; that of “change in ready-made clothes to suit a customer’s specifications” is from 1901. Related: Alterations.
tending to . Medicine/Medical Obsolete. gradually restoring healthy bodily functions. Medicine/Medical Obsolete. an alterative remedy. Historical Examples Its present use is that of an astringent, tonic, and alterative, and also that of an expectorant. Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding The alterative medicine was to be given in tablespoonfuls—two tablespoonfuls to […]
to argue or quarrel with zeal, heat, or anger; wrangle. verb (intransitive) to argue, esp heatedly; dispute v. 1520s, “to contend with words,” from Latin altercatus, past participle of altercari (see altercation).
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. to castrate or spay. to change; become different or modified. Contemporary Examples The euphemism of losing “situational awareness” could be an evasive way of describing just this altered state. The […]
- Altered chord
a chord in which at least one tone has been changed from its normal pitch in the key. noun (music) a chord in which one or more notes are chromatically changed by the introduction of accidentals