- 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)
- patter song,
- pattern bargaining,
- pattern bombing,
- pattern practice,
- pattern recognition,
- pattern sensitive epilepsy
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
- the arrangement of marks made in a target by bullets
- a diagram displaying such an arrangement
Word Origin for pattern
Word Origin for pattern
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.