a market on the London Stock Exchange enabling small companies to raise capital and have their shares traded in a market without the expenses of a main-market listing AIM
- Alternative music
noun a catch-all term for the newest rock music, which has not been around long enough to acquire a specific name Examples Alternative music embodies many sub-genres including: Indie Rock, Alt Folk, Gothic, Brit-Pop, Alt Country, Adult Alternative, Shoegazer, Heavy Metal, Grunge, Post-Punk, New Wave, Post-Rock, and more. Usage Note music
- Alternative technology
noun a technology which conserves or renews natural resources and is considered environmentally friendly Examples Research into renewable energy sources such as the sun, wind, and water; building with natural materials, and conserving energy are part of alternative technology.
- Alternative vote
noun (modifier) of or relating to a system of voting in which voters list the candidates in order of preference. If no candidate obtains more than 50% of first-preference votes, the votes for the bottom candidate are redistributed according to the voters’ next preference AV See proportional representation
a choice limited to one of two or more possibilities, as of things, propositions, or courses of action, the selection of which precludes any other possibility: You have the alternative of riding or walking. one of the things, propositions, or courses of action that can be chosen: The alternative to riding is walking. a possible […]