- 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.
verb (used with object)
- to imitate.
- to attempt to match or duplicate.
verb (used without object)
Origin of pattern
Examples from the Web for pattern
And in so many of these events, the pattern of “blame the victim” was quickly in evidence.
I would have told them, ‘Do not get into a pattern in which you’re intimidated by these kinds of criminal attacks.
Although the Brits would capture New York City a few weeks later, a pattern had been set.The British Royals Reinvade Brooklyn: William and Kate Come Watch Basketball on Historic Battle Site|Justin Jones|December 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The endpaper features a “pattern of marbleized paper” that has been “individually designed.”
The loss of his life, and all the others from this summer, back to Trayvon and well before that, are part of a pattern.
In the last year of this period the pattern post was established.The Life of Sir Rowland Hill, Vol. II (of 2)|Rowland Hill
There were rumours that among the articles was a silver coal-scuttle, but it proved to be a sugar-bowl in that pattern.Tommy and Grizel|J.M. Barrie
For a good mile he trudged on, never taking his eyes off the pattern impressed on the surface of the road.The House of Strange Secrets|A. Eric Bayly
Continue the rows until sufficient of the pattern is worked.The Art of Modern Lace Making|The Butterick Publishing Co.
As the heat burned off the inclosing basket, the pattern was left molded on the clay.The Silent Readers|William D. Lewis
British Dictionary definitions for pattern (1 of 2)
- the arrangement of marks made in a target by bullets
- a diagram displaying such an arrangement