Definitions of pattern

  1. the path that is prescribed for an airplane that is preparing to land at an airport; " the traffic patterns around O'Hare are very crowded"; " they stayed in the pattern until the fog lifted"
  2. something intended as a guide for making something else; " a blueprint for a house"; " a pattern for a skirt"
  3. something regarded as a normative example; " the convention of not naming the main character"; " violence is the rule not the exception"; " his formula for impressing visitors"
  4. a decorative or artistic work; " the coach had a design on the doors"
  5. plan or create according to a model or models
  6. form a pattern; " These sentences pattern like the ones we studied before"
  7. a customary way of operation or behavior; " it is their practice to give annual raises"; " they changed their dietary pattern"
  8. a perceptual structure; " the composition presents problems for students of musical form"; " a visual pattern must include not only objects but the spaces between them"
  9. a model considered worthy of imitation; " the American constitution has provided a pattern for many republics"
  10. graphical representation ( in polar or cartesian coordinates) of the spatial distribution of radiation from an antenna as a function of angle
  11. A diagram showing the distribution of the pellets of a shotgun on a vertical target perpendicular to the plane of fire.
  12. Anything proposed for imitation; an archetype; an exemplar; that which is to be, or is worthy to be, copied or imitated; as, a pattern of a machine.
  13. A part showing the figure or quality of the whole; a specimen; a sample; an example; an instance.
  14. Stuff sufficient for a garment; as, a dress pattern.
  15. Figure or style of decoration; design; as, wall paper of a beautiful pattern.
  16. Something made after a model; a copy.
  17. Anything cut or formed to serve as a guide to cutting or forming objects; as, a dressmaker's pattern.
  18. A full- sized model around which a mold of sand is made, to receive the melted metal. It is usually made of wood and in several parts, so as to be removed from the mold without injuring it.
  19. To make or design ( anything) by, from, or after, something that serves as a pattern; to copy; to model; to imitate.
  20. To serve as an example for; also, to parallel.
  21. A model, sample, or specimen; a design or figure; as, the pattern of a carpet; a piece of material sufficient for a garment.
  22. To make in imitation of.
  23. To form one thing like another.
  24. A fanciful design on a carpet, wall- paper, etc.
  25. A person or thing to be copied: a model: an example: style of ornamental work: anything to serve as a guide in forming objects.
  26. A model; example.
  27. To imitate; copy.
  28. Something for imitation; a model.
  29. A decorative design; figure; style.
  30. A model to be copied; a specimen or sample; anything cut or formed into a shape to be copied.
  31. To make in imitation; to match.
  32. An original proposed for imitation; that which is to be copied or imitated; a sample; anything cut out or formed into a shape to be copied; a specimen; an example.

Usage examples for pattern

  1. The meeting of the pattern isn't perfect. – The Other Girls by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
  2. It had been expected that the previous pattern of attack would be repeated. – The Year When Stardust Fell by Raymond F. Jones
  3. It was my first wide pattern and it went slow. – Idle Hour Stories by Eugenia Dunlap Potts
  4. I meant to make 'em red, when I marked the pattern and then fill out round 'em with a light color; but now I ain't satisfied with anything but white, for nothing will do in the middle of the rug but our white wedding dresses. – The Village Watch-Tower by (AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin
  5. This was the pattern of their daily life. – In a Little Town by Rupert Hughes
  6. Well, the pattern it's set for is the shape of an automobile. – The Ideal by Stanley Grauman Weinbaum
  7. Sixth row:- Knit 4, knit the pattern to within 6 of the end. – Exercises in Knitting by Cornelia Mee
  8. Gradually Rynason could begin to see some pattern to the impressions of the alien. – Warlord of Kor by Terry Gene Carr
  9. All societies to whom belong either wonderful art, or nothing except secrecy, have been founded on our pattern – A Collection of College Words and Customs by Benjamin Homer Hall
  10. Miss Marbury's color plan is different: her walls are a soft gray, the floor is covered in a solid blue carpet rug, rather dark in tone, the chintz also has a black ground, but the pattern is entirely different in character from the room below. – The House in Good Taste by Elsie de Wolfe
  11. Why, I never see such a pattern in my life. – Hillsboro People by Dorothy Canfield
  12. Their death was after the same pattern of faith. – The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Hebrews by Thomas Charles Edwards
  13. 2. Pattern in himself to know, Grace to stand, and virtue go. – Literary Remains, Vol. 2 by Coleridge
  14. But if Jesus was a dreamer, He dreamed true, and the very reason why He is loved with such wide and deep devotion is that men do dimly, but instinctively, perceive that His life presents the only perfect pattern of life as it should be. – The Empire of Love by W. J. Dawson
  15. It is L. part of life which will fit in somewhere- an important part in its right place- but it isn't the whole pattern – The Window-Gazer by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
  16. He needs only a pattern – The Tin Soldier by Temple Bailey
  17. " You pattern of beauty," cried the wicked Queen, " it is now all over with you." – Favorite Fairy Tales by Logan Marshall
  18. These youngsters are as much alike as if they had been cut from one pattern – The Clock Strikes Thirteen by Mildred A. Wirt
  19. I shall get Denah- she is one of the girls who went for the excursion- to come and teach Mevrouw a new crochet pattern after dinner of a day. – The Good Comrade by Una L. Silberrad
  20. Soldiers are all after one pattern – The Country Doctor by Honore de Balzac