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 Dictionary entry overview: What does alteration mean? 

  The noun ALTERATION has 3 senses:

1. an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another
2. the act of making something different (as e.g. the size of a garment)
3. the act of revising or altering (involving reconsideration and modification)

  Familiarity information: ALTERATION used as a noun is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1alteration [BACK TO TOP]


An event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events


alteration; change; modification

Context examples:

the change was intended to increase sales / this storm is certainly a change for the worse / the neighborhood had undergone few modifications since his last visit years ago

Hypernyms ("alteration" is a kind of...):

happening; natural event; occurrence; occurrent (an event that happens)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "alteration"):

increase (a change resulting in an increase)

easing; moderation; relief (a change for the better)

deformation (alteration in the shape or dimensions of an object as a result of the application of stress to it)

transition (a change from one place or state or subject or stage to another)

shift; transformation; transmutation (a qualitative change)

scintillation; sparkling; twinkle (a rapid change in brightness; a brief spark or flash)

play; shimmer (a weak and tremulous light)

transmutation ((physics) the change of one chemical element into another (as by nuclear decay or radioactive bombardment))

damage; harm; impairment (the occurrence of a change for the worse)

development (a recent event that has some relevance for the present situation)

revolution (a drastic and far-reaching change in ways of thinking and behaving)

chromosomal mutation; genetic mutation; mutation ((genetics) any event that changes genetic structure; any alteration in the inherited nucleic acid sequence of the genotype of an organism)

sex change (a change in a person's physical sexual characteristics (as by surgery and hormone treatments))

destabilization (an event that causes a loss of equilibrium (as of a ship or aircraft))

decrease; drop-off; lessening (a change downward)

acceleration (an increase in rate of change)

deceleration; retardation; slowing (a decrease in rate of change)

avulsion (an abrupt change in the course of a stream that forms the boundary between two parcels of land resulting in the loss of part of the land of one landowner and a consequent increase in the land of another)

break (an abrupt change in the tone or register of the voice (as at puberty or due to emotion))

mutation (a change or alteration in form or qualities)

sublimation ((psychology) modifying the natural expression of an impulse or instinct (especially a sexual one) to one that is socially acceptable)

surprise (a sudden unexpected event)

birth; nascence; nascency; nativity (the event of being born)

breakup; detachment; separation (coming apart)

vagary (an unexpected and inexplicable change in something (in a situation or a person's behavior, etc.))

fluctuation; variation (an instance of change; the rate or magnitude of change)

conversion (a change of religion)

death; decease; expiry (the event of dying or departure from life)

loss of consciousness (the occurrence of a loss of the ability to perceive and respond)

Sense 2alteration [BACK TO TOP]


The act of making something different (as e.g. the size of a garment)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


modification; adjustment; alteration

Hypernyms ("alteration" is a kind of...):

change (the action of changing something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "alteration"):

laxation; loosening (the act of making something less tight)

tightening (the act of making something tighter)

accommodation ((physiology) the automatic adjustment in focal length of the lens of the eye)

adaptation ((physiology) the responsive adjustment of a sense organ (as the eye) to varying conditions (as of light))

tune (the adjustment of a radio receiver or other circuit to a required frequency)

Sense 3alteration [BACK TO TOP]


The act of revising or altering (involving reconsideration and modification)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


revision; alteration

Context example:

it would require a drastic revision of his opinion

Hypernyms ("alteration" is a kind of...):

transformation; translation (the act of changing in form or shape or appearance)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "alteration"):

metamorphosis; transfiguration (a striking change in appearance or character or circumstances)

reorganization (an extensive alteration of the structure of a corporation or government)

qualification (the act of modifying or changing the strength of some idea)

modulation (the act of modifying or adjusting according to due measure and proportion (as with regard to artistic effect))

distraction; misdirection (the act of distracting; drawing someone's attention away from something)

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