Definition of Pattern
1. Noun. A perceptual structure. "A visual pattern must include not only objects but the spaces between them"
Generic synonyms: Structure
Group relationships: Percept, Perception, Perceptual Experience
Specialized synonyms: Fractal, Gestalt, Grid, Kaleidoscope, Mosaic, Strand
Derivative terms: Form, Shape
2. Verb. Plan or create according to a model or models.
Generic synonyms: Copy, Imitate, Simulate
Specialized synonyms: Scale, Sovietise, Sovietize
Derivative terms: Model, Model, Model, Model, Modeler, Modeller
3. Noun. A customary way of operation or behavior. "They changed their dietary pattern"
Generic synonyms: Activity
Specialized synonyms: Biologism, Cooperation, Featherbedding, Formalism, One-upmanship, Pluralism, Symbolisation, Symbolism, Symbolization, Modernism, Occult, Occult Arts, Ornamentalism, Cannibalism, Careerism, Custom, Usage, Usance, Habitude, Fashion, Lobbyism, Slaveholding, Slavery, Peonage, Unwritten Law, Lynch Law, Mistreatment, Nonconformism, Calisthenics, Callisthenics, Papism, Popery, Quotation, Ritual, Ritualism, Naturism, Nudism, Systematism, Cross Dressing, Transvestism, Transvestitism
Derivative terms: Practical, Practical, Practice
4. Verb. Form a pattern. "These sentences pattern like the ones we studied before"
5. Noun. A decorative or artistic work. "The coach had a design on the doors"
Specialized synonyms: Argyle, Argyll, Bear Claw, Damascene, Decal, Decalcomania, Device, Emblem, Herringbone, Herringbone Pattern, Linocut, Mandala, Mihrab, Motif, Motive, Polka Dot, Pyrograph, Screen Saver, Sunburst, Tattoo, Tetraskele, Tetraskelion, Triskele, Triskelion, Weave, Marking
Generic synonyms: Decoration, Ornament, Ornamentation
Derivative terms: Design, Design
6. Noun. Something regarded as a normative example. "His formula for impressing visitors"
Generic synonyms: Practice
Specialized synonyms: Mores, Code Of Behavior, Code Of Conduct, Universal
Derivative terms: Formularize
7. Noun. A model considered worthy of imitation. "The American constitution has provided a pattern for many republics"
8. Noun. Something intended as a guide for making something else. "A pattern for a skirt"
Generic synonyms: Plan, Program, Programme
Derivative terms: Blueprint
9. Noun. The path that is prescribed for an airplane that is preparing to land at an airport. "They stayed in the pattern until the fog lifted"
Terms within: Approach, Approach Path, Glide Path, Glide Slope
Generic synonyms: Itinerary, Path, Route
10. Noun. Graphical representation (in polar or Cartesian coordinates) of the spatial distribution of radiation from an antenna as a function of angle.
Generic synonyms: Graph, Graphical Record
Terms within: Lobe
Definition of Pattern
1. n. 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.
2. v. t. To make or design (anything) by, from, or after, something that serves as a pattern; to copy; to model; to imitate.
3. n. A diagram showing the distribution of the pellets of a shotgun on a vertical target perpendicular to the plane of fire.
Definition of Pattern
1. Noun. Model, example. ¹
2. Noun. Decorative arrangement. ¹
3. Verb. to apply a pattern ¹
4. Verb. to follow an example ¹
5. Verb. to fit into a pattern ¹
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
Definition of Pattern
1. to make according to a prescribed design [v -ED, -ING, -S]
Medical Definition of Pattern
1. 1. 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. "I will be the pattern of all patience." (Shak) 2. A part showing the figure or quality of the whole; a specimen; a sample; an example; an instance. "He compares the pattern with the whole piece." (Swift) 3. Stuff sufficient for a garment; as, a dress pattern. 4. Figure or style of decoration; design; as, wall paper of a beautiful pattern. 5. Something made after a model; a copy. "The patterns of things in the heavens." (Heb. Ix. 23) 6. Anything cut or formed to serve as a guide to cutting or forming objects; as, a dressmaker's pattern. 7. 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. A definable characteristic relationship between the members of any set of objects or actions; also, the set having a definable relationship between its members. Thus: the distribution of bomb or shell impacts on a target area, or of bullet holes in a target; a set of traits or actions that appear to be consistent throughout the members of a group or over time within a group, as behavioral pattern, traffic pattern, dress pattern Pattern box, chain, or cylinder, devices, in a loom, for presenting several shuttles to the picker in the proper succession for forming the figure. Pattern card. A set of samples on a card. A count-wheel. Origin: OE. Patron, F. Patron, a patron, also, a pattern. See Patron. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)
Lexicographical Neighbors of Pattern
Literary usage of Pattern
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"A plaid is a pattern in textile fabrics consisting of bars, or stripes, of color crossing each other at right angles. A plaid is a development of the check, ..."
2. Journal by Royal Society of Arts (Great Britain) (1860)
"The power of getting rid of any part of design, if required, and of modifying the pattern. All the movements which I have described are actuated by the one ..."
3. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1910)
"For it must be borne in mind that animals arc not only coloured but the colour is arranged in a more or less definite pattern. The wild mouse, rat and ..."
4. The Republic of Plato by Plato, Benjamin Jowett (1881)
"But in heaven, I replied, there is a pattern, of such a city, and he who has eyes to see it may order his life after that image. Whether such a state is or ..."
5. The Auk: Quarterly Journal of Ornithology by American Ornithologists' Union, Nuttall Ornithological Club (1892)
"CFB Chapman 'On the Color pattern of the Upper Tail-coverts in ... Mr. Chapman's material leads him to conclude that the former pattern prevails among young ..."