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Alteration Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    alteration 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, modification]
  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]
Alteration Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Alteration \Al`ter*a"tion\, n. [Cf. F. alt['e]ration.]
  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.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Alteration'

In music, an altered chord, an example of alteration, is a chord with one or more diatonic notes replaced by, or altered to, a neighboring pitch in the chromatic scale. For example the following progression uses four unaltered chords:

The next progression uses an altered IV chord and is an alteration of the previous progression:

The A♭ in the altered chord serves as a leading tone to G, which is the root of the next chord.

In jazz and jazz harmony, the term altered chord, notated as an alt chord (e.g. G7alt Play (help·info)), refers to a dominant chord, "in which neither the fifth nor the ninth appears unaltered". – namely, where the 5th and the 9th are raised or lowered by a single semitone, or omitted. Altered chords are thus constructed using the following notes, some of which may be omitted:

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* Love is not love that alters when it alteration finds. - William Shakespeare

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  • A blood test for suicide risk? Alterations to a single gene could predict risk of suicide attempt
    Researchers say they have discovered a chemical alteration in a single human gene linked to stress reactions that, if confirmed in larger studies, could give doctors a simple blood test to reliably predict a person’s risk of attempting suicide. Read more on this news related to 'Alteration'
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  • Alteration is approved for Chevy Chase Road
    Selectmen approved an alteration is the course of Chevy Chase Road, the road that intersects Route 1 at Bob's Furniture. The request to alter the route was made by Arleigh Greene, owner of the land abutting either side of the road, and upon which a Read more on this news related to 'Alteration'

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