ALTERATION (_plural_ ALTERATIONS)
* The act of altering or making different.
* 1594, Richard Hooker, _Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity_,
…ALTERATION, though it be from worse to better, hath in it inconveniences…
* The state of being altered; a change made in the form or nature of a thing; changed condition.
* 1892, Arthur Conan Doyle, _The Resident Scholar_ in _The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes,_
…and I saw by the ALTERATION in your face that a train of thought had been started.