[ pat-er-ning ]
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  1. a design or decoration formed by the creative arrangement or formation of patterns.

  2. the following of a specific pattern of movement, as in a dance or exercise: the floor patterning of a folk dance.

  1. 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.

Origin of patterning

First recorded in 1860–65; pattern + -ing1

Other words from patterning

  • in·ter·pat·tern·ing, noun

Words Nearby patterning Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use patterning in a sentence

  • If there is, the old patterning of sounds can be kept intact only by shifting the old b, d, g sounds in some way.

    Language | Edward Sapir
  • There was a slight increase of heraldic ornament, and a certain amount of foreign diaper patterning on the clothes.

    English Costume | Dion Clayton Calthrop
  • The patterning also varies, occasionally straw of a different colour (black or brown) being introduced.

    History of the Fan | George Woolliscroft Rhead
  • The patterning of the life after its ideal is most seriously undertaken, even to imitation of personal mannerisms.

    The Unfolding Life | Antoinette Abernethy Lamoreaux