the activation of complement by contact with polysaccharides on bacteria, protozoa, or yeast cells: a nonspecific immune response.
- Alternative conjunction
a conjunction, as or, that expresses an alternative relationship between the words, phrases, or clauses it connects.
- Alternative energy
energy, as solar, wind, or nuclear energy, that can replace or supplement traditional fossil-fuel sources, as coal, oil, and natural gas. Contemporary Examples Long before it was trendy, Carter preached the gospel of alternative energy. Carter in Oscarland: The Rehabilitation of the 39th President Douglas Brinkley February 23, 2013 One of those is alternative energy, […]
- Alternative fuel
a vehicular fuel that is not entirely derived from petroleum, as natural gas, hydrogen, or an alcohol mixture: the environmental benefits of alternative fuels. Contemporary Examples We took it on with green building, public transit, alternative fuel and power, recycling, and other issues. Newsom’s California Dream Matthew Dakotah October 6, 2009 noun a fuel other […]
- Alternative hypothesis
(in the statistical testing of a hypothesis) the hypothesis to be accepted if the null hypothesis is rejected. Contemporary Examples An alternative hypothesis was suggested to me years ago by a veteran China-watcher. China’s Clever ‘Anti-Corruption’ Campaign David Frum December 25, 2012 Historical Examples Podmore thinks them to have been unduly suggestible and offers hallucinations […]