- 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)
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Origin of pattern
OTHER WORDS FROM pattern
Example sentences from the Web for pattern
Each source had some fixed probability of emitting a signal that you picked up, and together those sources generated the pattern in your data.
By the time puberty ended, the adopted children showed normal cortisol patterns before, during and after a stressful task.
Subseasonal forecasts are more likely to be accurate when an MJO is happening because there is a major global weather pattern that will affect weather elsewhere in the coming weeks.Improved three-week weather forecasts could save lives from disaster|Alexandra Witze|August 27, 2020|Science News
The researchers then drilled down into individual voting patterns for Washington and Utah.Mandatory mail-in voting hurts neither Democratic nor Republican candidates|Sujata Gupta|August 26, 2020|Science News
There might also be patterns of gravity waves they haven’t seen yet.
But he resembled by then an ancient Red Indian chief, and his expressions did not follow the patterns of other mortals.The Stacks: How The Berlin Wall Inspired John le Carré’s First Masterpiece|John le Carré|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Music aficionados recognize this rhythm as a triplet or “hemiola”: the playing of two different musical patterns simultaneously.
After a lifetime of dealing with the stress of ADHD, it can be hard to give up old patterns and let go of painful memories.
Americans even segregate politically, leading to 90-10 voting patterns in thousands of precincts.It’s Time for Obama to Heed McChrystal’s Call for the ‘Service Year’|Jonathan Alter|June 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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
Their bills were based on the pounds weight delivered, and new designs necessitated new patterns and new troubles.Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2)|Francis Trevithick
She had no patterns to copy; but her imagination wandered through the green fields and by the murmuring brooks of her rural home.Madame Roland, Makers of History|John S. C. Abbott
Never were such patterns of neatness seen as these old ladies and their houses.Little Travels and Roadside Sketches|William Makepeace Thackeray
Such cases as were mentioned to the Committee followed previously recognized patterns.Report of the Special Committee on Moral Delinquency in Children and Adolescents|Oswald Chettle Mazengarb et al.
The uppers are cut by hand from the engraved sheets, while metal patterns are used on the plain stock.The Wonder Book of Knowledge|Various
British Dictionary definitions for pattern (1 of 2)
- the arrangement of marks made in a target by bullets
- a diagram displaying such an arrangement