patterning

noun
pat·​tern·​ing | \ ˈpa-tər-niŋ How to pronounce patterning (audio) \

Definition of patterning

1 : decoration, composition, or configuration according to a pattern
2 : physical therapy especially for neurological impairment based on a theory holding that repeated manipulation of body parts to simulate normal motor developmental activity (such as crawling or walking) promotes neurological development or repair

Examples of patterning in a Sentence

The wallpaper is decorated with floral patterning.
Recent Examples on the Web The Canadian wore a light olive brocade colored suit with floral patterning surrounding the suit. Damon Brooks Jr., USA TODAY, 25 June 2022 Stand back, however, and Apetri’s careful patterning can be discerned. The New Yorker, 3 June 2022 This is an exciting time to buy a big tent, as designers tinker with everything from architecture and durability to patterning and pockets. Ryan Stuart, Outside Online, 27 May 2022 The oxide layer allows the metal to hold its shape, and opens up all sorts of possibilities for patterning and fabrication. Kurt Kleiner, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 May 2022 The Tree mahogany takes patience to build with due to its extremely high figuring [three-dimensional patterning]. Jeff Campagna, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Apr. 2022 In those situations, reconstructors must make uninformed guesses about things fossils rarely tell us, such as the texture or intricate patterning of fur. Sam Jones, Scientific American, 10 Mar. 2022 In either case, the laser or the thread helps crystals form, but their periodicity, their patterning, is fully their own. Karmela Padavic-callaghan, Scientific American, 9 Mar. 2022 The key is that the inhibitor diffuses at a faster rate than the activator, creating periodic patterning. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 3 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of patterning

1860, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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30 Jun 2022

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“Patterning.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/patterning. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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patterning

noun
pat·​tern·​ing

Medical Definition of patterning

: physical therapy especially for neurological impairment based on a theory holding that repeated manipulation of body parts to simulate normal motor developmental activity (as crawling or walking) promotes neurological development or repair

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