[ pat-er-ning ]
/ ˈpæt ər nɪŋ /


a design or decoration formed by the creative arrangement or formation of patterns.
the following of a specific pattern of movement, as in a dance or exercise: the floor patterning of a folk dance.
a system of physical therapy in which a pattern of specific movements is practiced or imposed regularly as a way of improving, restoring, or stimulating muscular coordination, especially in brain-damaged or disabled persons.

Nearby words

  1. pattern practice,
  2. pattern recognition,
  3. pattern sensitive epilepsy,
  4. patterned,
  5. patterned alopecia,
  6. patternmaker,
  7. patterson,
  8. patterson, floyd,
  9. patti,
  10. patti, adelina

Origin of patterning

First recorded in 1860–65; pattern + -ing1

Related formsin·ter·pat·tern·ing, noun


[ pat-ern; British pat-n ]
/ ˈpæt ərn; British ˈpæt n /


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to make or fall into a pattern.

Origin of pattern

1325–75; Middle English patron < Medieval Latin patrōnus model, special use of Latin patrōnus patron

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British Dictionary definitions for patterning


/ (ˈpætən) /


verb (tr)

(often foll by after or on) to model
to arrange as or decorate with a pattern

Word Origin for pattern

C14 patron, from Medieval Latin patrōnus example, from Latin: patron 1




/ (ˈpætərn) /


Irish an outdoor assembly with religious practices, traders' stalls, etc on the feast day of a patron saint

Word Origin for pattern

C18: variant of patron 1; see pattern 1

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Word Origin and History for patterning
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Medicine definitions for patterning


[ pătər-nĭng ]


A method of physical therapy in which a rigid pattern of exercises is imposed to stimulate weak or paralyzed nerves and muscles to act on their own.

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