1. The act of altering or making different.
Alteration, though it be from worse to better, hath in it incoveniences. --Hooker.
2. The state of being altered; a change made in the form or nature of a thing; changed condition.
Ere long might perceive
Strange alteration in me. --Milton.
Appius Claudius admitted to the senate the sons of those who had been slaves; by which, and succeeding alterations, that council degenerated into a most corrupt. --Swift.
n 1: an event that occurs when something passes from one state or
phase to another; "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" [syn: change,
2: the act of making something different (as e.g. the size of a
garment) [syn: modification, adjustment]
3: the act of revising or altering (involving reconsideration
and modification); "it would require a drastic revision of
his opinion" [syn: revision]