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 attempt to match or duplicate.
to make or fall into a pattern.
- pat·tern·a·ble, adjective
- patterned, adjective
- pat·tern·er, noun
- pat·tern·less, adjective
- pat·tern·like, adjective
- pat·tern·y, adjective
- non·pat·terned, adjective
- re·pat·tern, verb (used with object)
- sem·i·pat·terned, adjective
- sub·pat·tern, noun
- un·pat·terned, adjective
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How to use pattern in a sentence
Mathematics offered a way to classify all the patterns that surfaces and blocks could break into.Scientists Uncover the Universal Geometry of Geology | Joshua Sokol | November 19, 2020 | Quanta Magazine
I mean, I love looking for patterns, and maybe Boggle is another example of looking for patterns in things.
You can see similar patterns commonly in Eastern democracies like South Korea, the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, and Taiwan.Why We Judge People Based on Their Relatives - Facts So Romantic | Diana Fleischman | November 11, 2020 | Nautilus
The unsupervised learning is when the machine goes in and looks at data that hasn’t been labeled in that way and itself tries to spot patterns.
While the wind patterns and warm Atlantic water temperatures set the stage for the string of storms, it’s unclear if climate change is playing a role in the number of storms.With Theta, 2020 sets the record for most named Atlantic storms | Curtis Segarra | November 10, 2020 | Science News
Nolan even told Caine that his character was patterned after Thorne.Meet Kip Thorne, the Man Who Crafted the Artful Science of ‘Interstellar’ | Asawin Suebsaeng | November 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Madonna can keep her patterned caftan, and the models can enjoy their facemasks.
From a second-story window of a rooming house covered with red brick-patterned tarpaper comes the sound of a blues harmonica.Stanley Booth on the Life and Hard Times of Blues Genius Furry Lewis | Stanley Booth | June 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The mankles themselves were sandwiched between patterned capri pants and lace-up loafers fit for a 90's school girl.Men Wear Heels at J.W. Anderson's London Fashion Show | Erin Cunningham | January 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The trait was especially essential for Nathan, a straight-man character Garcia patterned after himself.Will Arnett on ‘The Millers,’ ‘Arrested Development,’ and More | Jason Lynch | October 2, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
It was a piece of patterned stuff about the size of the quarto page, to which it was fastened by an old-fashioned pin.A Thin Ghost and Others | M. R. (Montague Rhodes) James
It was a sad room enough, with its pale blue, stripy-patterned paper, its rickety old furniture and its feeble pictures.The Secret Glory | Arthur Machen
The gods of this age are likewise patterned entirely after powerful human personalities.Elements of Folk Psychology | Wilhelm Wundt
All the modifications so far considered are directly patterned on the typical process of normal speech.Language | Edward Sapir
When enlarging a patterned garment be sure to add enough stitches for a complete pattern.Beehive for Bairns, Vol. 2 | Various
British Dictionary definitions for pattern (1 of 2)
an arrangement of repeated or corresponding parts, decorative motifs, etc: although the notes seemed random, a careful listener could detect a pattern
a decorative design: a paisley pattern
a style: various patterns of cutlery
a plan or diagram used as a guide in making something: a paper pattern for a dress
a standard way of moving, acting, etc: traffic patterns
a model worthy of imitation: a 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
British Dictionary definitions for pattern (2 of 2)
Irish an outdoor assembly with religious practices, traders' stalls, etc on the feast day of a patron saint
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