- a decorative design, as for wallpaper, china, or textile fabrics, etc.
- decoration or ornament having such a design.
- a natural or chance marking, configuration, or design: patterns of frost on the window.
- a distinctive style, model, or form: a new pattern of army helmet.
- a combination of qualities, acts, tendencies, etc., forming a consistent or characteristic arrangement: the behavior patterns of teenagers.
- an original or model considered for or deserving of imitation: Our constitution has been a pattern for those of many new republics.
- anything fashioned or designed to serve as a model or guide for something to be made: a paper pattern for a dress.
- a sufficient quantity of material for making a garment.
- the path of flight established for an aircraft approaching an airport at which it is to land.
- a diagram of lines transmitted occasionally by a television station to aid in adjusting receiving sets; test pattern.
- Metallurgy. a model or form, usually of wood or metal, used for giving the shape of the interior of a mold.
- Numismatics. a coin, either the redesign of an existing piece or the model for a new one, submitted for authorization as a regular issue.
- an example, instance, sample, or specimen.
- Gunnery, Aerial Bombing.
- the distribution of strikes around a target at which artillery rounds have been fired or on which bombs have been dropped.
- a diagram showing such distribution.
- to make or fashion after or according to a pattern.
- to cover or mark with a pattern.
- Chiefly British Dialect.
- to imitate.
- to attempt to match or duplicate.
- to make or fall into a pattern.
Origin of pattern
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Examples from the Web for patterned
Nolan even told Caine that his character was patterned after Thorne.Meet Kip Thorne, the Man Who Crafted the Artful Science of ‘Interstellar’
November 14, 2014
Madonna can keep her patterned caftan, and the models can enjoy their facemasks.Is the Facekini the Future of Beachwear?
August 23, 2014
The trait was especially essential for Nathan, a straight-man character Garcia patterned after himself.Will Arnett on ‘The Millers,’ ‘Arrested Development,’ and More
October 2, 2013
On Thursday he took his final send-off in a patterned eggplant silk ensemble.The Emperor Wears Pajamas!
Misty White Sidell
February 15, 2013
There were floral pants, printed bikinis, and even wedge heels covered in patterned silk twill.Milan Fashion Week's Malaise
September 23, 2011
It was a patterned, an inculcated, a stage-directed fixed idea.Pariah Planet
They became to their pupils ideals of manhood worthy to be patterned after.Rural Life and the Rural School
We patterned it to fit the evolution of the three thousand worlds.Equation of Doom
A nation is, more or less, patterned after its prominent men.My Life
The government of earth was patterned after the kingdom on high.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 11 (of 12)
Robert G. Ingersoll
- an arrangement of repeated or corresponding parts, decorative motifs, etcalthough the notes seemed random, a careful listener could detect a pattern
- a decorative designa paisley pattern
- a stylevarious patterns of cutlery
- a plan or diagram used as a guide in making somethinga paper pattern for a dress
- a standard way of moving, acting, etctraffic patterns
- a model worthy of imitationa pattern of kindness
- a representative sample
- a wooden or metal shape or model used in a foundry to make a mould
- the arrangement of marks made in a target by bullets
- a diagram displaying such an arrangement
- (often foll by after or on) to model
- to arrange as or decorate with a pattern
- Irish an outdoor assembly with religious practices, traders' stalls, etc on the feast day of a patron saint
Word Origin and History for patterned
early 14c., "outline, plan, model, pattern;" early 15c. as "model of behavior, exemplar," from Old French patron and directly from Medieval Latin patronus (see patron).
Extended sense of "decorative design" first recorded 1580s, from earlier sense of a "patron" as a model to be imitated. The difference in form and sense between patron and pattern wasn't firm till 1700s. Meaning "model or design in dressmaking" (especially one of paper) is first recorded 1792, in Jane Austen.
1580s, "to make a pattern for, design, plan," from pattern (n.). Meaning "to make something after a pattern" is c.1600. Phrase pattern after "take as a model" is from 1878.