- 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 patterns
By the time the police caught up to Sanders, they knew even more about his patterns and practices.The Supreme Court Must Right the Wrong Done to Billy Wayne Cope|Andrew Cohen|June 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Over time, the patterns of gunplay and stabbings reminded Slutkin of the diseases crossing rural Africa.Using Strategies Reserved for Disease Outbreak, Activists Try to “Cure” Urban Violence|Sarah Kunst|April 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Patterns are created in house, and then the tailors take them home to complete.
A scarf and bag in contrasting shades and patterns enhanced this busy, but feminine, look.Art Takes the Runway at Burberry Prorsum Fall/Winter 2014 London Fashion Week|Liza Foreman|February 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The three separate works depict a deconstructed suit restricted into various shapes and patterns such as the Batman logo.
Not only large substantial things like furniture, but curtains and the patterns of stuffs and the fringes of quilts and cushions.Bliss, and Other Stories|Katherine Mansfield
Each chief has three bands on the cheek, but with variant colors and patterns.
We copy two of the most graceful costumes in the recent books of patterns.
It was a very pretty shawl, with goldy marks or patterns on it.Peterkin|Mary Louisa Molesworth
These patterns state length of skirt, waist and hip measure and quantity of material required in all widths.Textiles and Clothing|Kate Heintz Watson
- 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.