- 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
Synonyms for pattern
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Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of patterned
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
- 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.