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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Permutation  \Per`mu*ta"tion\,  n.  [L.  permutatio:  cf  F. 
  permutation.  See  {Permute}.] 
  1.  The  act  of  permuting;  exchange  of  the  thing  for  another; 
  mutual  transference;  interchange. 
 
  The  violent  convulsions  and  permutations  that  have 
  been  made  in  property.  --Burke. 
 
  2.  (Math.) 
  a  The  arrangement  of  any  determinate  number  of  things 
  as  units,  objects,  letters,  etc.,  in  all  possible 
  orders  one  after  the  other  --  called  also 
  {alternation}.  Cf  {Combination},  n.,  4. 
  b  Any  one  of  such  possible  arrangements. 
 
  3.  (Law)  Barter;  exchange. 
 
  {Permutation  lock},  a  lock  in  which  the  parts  can  be 
  transposed  or  shifted,  so  as  to  require  different 
  arrangements  of  the  tumblers  on  different  occasions  of 
  unlocking. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Alternation  \Al`ter*na"tion\,  n.  [L.  alternatio:  cf  F. 
  alternation.] 
  1.  The  reciprocal  succession  of  things  in  time  or  place  the 
  act  of  following  and  being  followed  by  turns;  alternate 
  succession,  performance,  or  occurrence;  as  the 
  alternation  of  day  and  night,  cold  and  heat,  summer  and 
  winter,  hope  and  fear. 
 
  2.  (Math.)  Permutation. 
 
  3.  The  response  of  the  congregation  speaking  alternately  with 
  the  minister.  --Mason. 
 
  {Alternation  of  generation}.  See  under  {Generation}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  alternation 
  n  1:  being  regularly  exchangeable 
  2:  successive  change  from  one  thing  or  state  to  another  and 
  back  again 




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