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Meaning of pattern by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Originally a variant form of patron .


    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈpat( ə )n/, X-SAMPA: /"pat@n/
    • ( US ) IPA: /ˈpædəɹn/, X-SAMPA: /"p{d@rn/
      Rhymes: -ætə( r )n


    pattern ( plural: patterns )

    1. Model, example.
      1. Something from which a copy is made; a model or outline. [from 14th c.]
      2. Someone or something seen as an example to be imitated; an exemplar. [from 15th c.]
      3. ( now rare ) A copy. [from 15th c.]
      4. ( now only numismatics ) A sample; of coins, an example which was struck but never minted. [from 16th c.]
      5. A representative example. [from 16th c.]
      6. ( US ) The material needed to make a piece of clothing. [from 17th c.]
    2. Decorative arrangement.
      1. A design, motif or decoration, especially formed from regular repeated elements. [from 16th c.]
      2. A naturally-occurring or random arrangement of shapes, colours etc. which have a regular or decorative effect. [from 19th c.]
      3. The given spread, range etc. of shot fired from a gun. [from 19th c.]
      4. A particular sequence of events, facts etc. which can be understood, used to predict the future, or seen to have a mathematical, geometric, statistical etc. relationship. [from 19th c.]
      5. ( linguistics ) An intelligible arrangement in a given area of language .



    • antipattern


    pattern ( third-person singular simple present patterns present participle patterning, simple past and past participle patterned )

    1. to apply a pattern
    2. To make or design ( anything ) by, from, or after, something that serves as a pattern; to copy; to model; to imitate.
    3. to follow an example
    4. to fit into a pattern
    5. ( transitive ) To serve as an example for .


Explanation of pattern by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. plan or create according to a model or models

    2. form a pattern

    3. These sentences pattern like the ones we studied before
    1. a customary way of operation or behavior

    2. they changed their dietary pattern
    3. a decorative or artistic work

    4. something regarded as a normative example

    5. something intended as a guide for making something else

    6. a pattern for a skirt
    7. a perceptual structure

    8. a visual pattern must include not only objects but the spaces between them
    9. a model considered worthy of imitation

    10. the American constitution has provided a pattern for many republics
    11. graphical representation ( in polar or Cartesian coordinates ) of the spatial distribution of radiation from an antenna as a function of angle

    12. the path that is prescribed for an airplane that is preparing to land at an airport

    13. the traffic patterns around O'Hare are very crowded
      they stayed in the pattern until the fog lifted

    Definition of pattern by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Pattern n. [OE. patron, F. patron, a patron, also, a pattern. See Patron.]
      1. Anything proposed for imitation; an archetype; an exemplar; that which is to be, or is worthy to be, copied or imitated; as, “a pattern of a machine”.

      I will be the pattern of all patience. Shak.

      2. A part showing the figure or quality of the whole; a specimen; a sample; an example; an instance.

      He compares the pattern with the whole piece. Swift.

      3. Stuff sufficient for a garment; as, “a dress pattern”.

      4. Figure or style of decoration; design; as, “wall paper of a beautiful pattern”.

      5. Something made after a model; a copy. Shak.

      The patterns of things in the heavens. Heb. ix. 23.

      6. Anything cut or formed to serve as a guide to cutting or forming objects; as, “a dressmaker's pattern”.

      7. ( Founding ) A full-sized model around which a mold of sand is made, to receive the melted metal. It is usually made of wood and in several parts, so as to be removed from the mold without injuring it.

      8. a recognizable characteristic relationship or set of relationships between the members of any set of objects or actions, or the properties of the members; also, the set having a definable relationship between its members.

      Various collections of objects or markings are spoken of as a pattern. Thus: the distribution of bomb or shell impacts on a target area, or of bullet holes in a target; a set of traits or actions that appear to be consistent throughout the members of a group or over time within a group, as behavioral pattern, traffic pattern, dress pattern; the wave pattern for a spoken word; the pattern of intensities in a spectrum; a grammatical pattern.

      9. ( Gun. ) A diagram showing the distribution of the pellets of a shotgun on a vertical target perpendicular to the plane of fire.

      10. the recommended flight path for an airplane to follow as it approaches an airport for a landing. Same as landing pattern.

      11. an image or diagram containing lines, usually horizontal, vertical, and diagonal, sometimes of varying widths, used to test the resolution of an optical instrument or the accuracy of reproduction of image copying or transmission equipment. Same as test pattern.

      pattern box, pattern chain, or pattern cylinder ( Figure Weaving ), devices, in a loom, for presenting several shuttles to the picker in the proper succession for forming the figure. -- Pattern card. A set of samples on a card. ( Weaving ) One of the perforated cards in a Jacquard apparatus. -- Pattern reader, one who arranges textile patterns. -- Pattern wheel ( Horology ), a count-wheel.

    2. Pattern, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Patterned ; p. pr. & vb. n. Patterning.]
      1. To make or design ( anything ) by, from, or after, something that serves as a pattern; to copy; to model; to imitate. Milton.

      [A temple] patterned from that which Adam reared in Paradise. Sir T. Herbert.

      2. To serve as an example for; also, to parallel.

      To pattern after, to imitate; to follow.