pattern

noun
pat·​tern | \ ˈpa-tərn How to pronounce pattern (audio) \

Definition of pattern

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a form or model proposed for imitation : exemplar
2 : something designed or used as a model for making things a dressmaker's pattern
3 : an artistic, musical, literary, or mechanical design or form the geometrical pattern of the carpet the strict pattern of rhythm and rhyme for a sonnet— Gigi Marino
4 : a natural or chance configuration frost patterns the pattern of events
5 dated : a length of fabric sufficient for an article (as of clothing)
6a : the distribution of shrapnel, bombs on a target, or shot from a shotgun
b : the grouping made on a target by bullets
7 : a reliable sample of traits, acts, tendencies, or other observable characteristics of a person, group, or institution a behavior pattern spending patterns the prevailing pattern of speech
8a : the flight path prescribed for an airplane that is coming in for a landing
b : a prescribed route to be followed by a pass receiver in football
10 : a discernible coherent system based on the intended interrelationship of component parts foreign policy patterns
11 : frequent or widespread incidence a pattern of dissent a pattern of violence

pattern

verb
patterned; patterning; patterns

Definition of pattern (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 dialectal, chiefly England
a : match
2 : to make, adapt, or fashion according to a pattern
3 : to furnish, adorn, or mark with a design

intransitive verb

: to form a pattern

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Other Words from pattern

Noun

patterned \ ˈpa-​tərnd How to pronounce patterned (audio) \ adjective
patternless adjective

Synonyms for pattern

Synonyms: Noun

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Noun

model, example, pattern, exemplar, ideal mean someone or something set before one for guidance or imitation. model applies to something taken or proposed as worthy of imitation. a decor that is a model of good taste example applies to a person to be imitated or in some contexts on no account to be imitated but to be regarded as a warning. children tend to follow the example of their parents pattern suggests a clear and detailed archetype or prototype. American industry set a pattern for others to follow exemplar suggests either a faultless example to be emulated or a perfect typification. cited Joan of Arc as the exemplar of courage ideal implies the best possible exemplification either in reality or in conception. never found a job that matched his ideal

Examples of pattern in a Sentence

Noun The dishes have a floral pattern around the rim. The fabric comes in different colors and patterns. The rug is decorated with a geometric pattern. The shadows made a pattern of lines on the ground. They are studying behavior patterns among high-school students. Analysts are noticing different spending patterns by consumers. The trees followed a characteristic pattern of growth.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The same pattern occurred at the national level, according to Google. Jay Heflin, Washington Examiner, "Pace of recovery has slowed since surge in virus cases, Fed chairman says," 29 July 2020 The lamentable decline of American textile manufacturing has followed the same pattern as the collapse of so many industries. Matthew Walther, TheWeek, "The sad end of Brooks Brothers," 12 July 2020 Nationally, violent crime tends to spike in the summer, and the same pattern is true in the Washington region. Washington Post, "Eight people shot, three of them fatally, in spasm of summer violence in Washington region," 7 July 2020 The same pattern emerged when Wilson ran for president. Bruce Bartlett, The New Republic, "Woodrow Wilson Was Even More Racist Than You Thought," 6 July 2020 Public attitudes toward people who moved home during the pandemic could follow the same pattern: sympathy now, judgment later. Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic, "The Pandemic’s Boomerang Generation Has Settled In," 3 July 2020 The latest version of the tale, from Alabama, follows the same pattern as the others. Gilad Edelman, Wired, "“Covid Parties” Are Not a Thing," 2 July 2020 Knowing from previous work that other massless particles can abruptly change state in large numbers (a phenomenon known as a quantum break), Sawyer consulted a computer model to see whether gravitons could follow the same pattern. Charlie Wood, Scientific American, "Simulation Shows Potential for Glowing Gravitons," 1 July 2020 The same pattern holds true across other technologies.. Julie Sweet, Fortune, "Accenture’s CEO: 5 rules for rethinking digital transformation during COVID-19," 26 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The community is now a destination for art lovers and people wanting to learn to make the exquisite, colorfully patterned quilts. Kelly Kazek | Kkazek@al.com, al, "The colorful folk-art quilts of Gee’s Bend, Alabama," 1 June 2020 Maisonette has brightly printed and patterned cotton face masks in small, medium and large sizes. oregonlive, "Finding a face mask to fit a child: Disney-theme masks go to daycare," 15 May 2020 Her inspiration: the signature patterned silk scarves that Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, showcases in the near-daily press conferences led by the president. Rory Satran, WSJ, "Dr. Birx’s Scarves Are the Surprise Hit of Coronavirus Briefings," 24 Apr. 2020 Heavy, patterned makeup and hair straight out of a JRPG are impractical for daily life, but all of us put on some kind of clothing to leave the house. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Some shirts hide you from cameras—but will anyone wear them?," 10 Apr. 2020 The ground can be big or small, square or oblong, blank or patterned—and the choice restricts the pool of possible figures, by color and size and grain. Luc Sante, The New York Review of Books, "My Quarantine: The Calm of Collaging," 23 Apr. 2020 The camo-patterned, stainless-steel bottle not only holds 40 ounces but also doubles as a workout roller, ideal floor exercises and for stretching your calves, back, quads, and hamstrings. Outdoor Life, "Four reusable water bottles for next-level hydration," 13 Apr. 2020 The Claudina butterfly’s underwings are intricately patterned. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "The World’s Most Interesting Insects," 29 Apr. 2020 Across from the living room is a dining room that has patterned stone floors and a fireplace with an ornate mantel. Julie Lasky, New York Times, "$2 Million Homes in Pennsylvania, New York and New Orleans," 18 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of pattern

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1586, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for pattern

Noun and Verb

Middle English patron, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin patronus

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The first known use of pattern was in the 14th century

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2 Aug 2020

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“Pattern.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pattern. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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pattern

noun
How to pronounce pattern (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of pattern

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a repeated form or design especially that is used to decorate something
: the regular and repeated way in which something happens or is done
: something that happens in a regular and repeated way

pattern

verb

English Language Learners Definition of pattern (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make or design (something) so that it is similar to something else of the same type
: to decorate or mark (something) with a design : to form a pattern on (something)

pattern

noun
pat·​tern | \ ˈpa-tərn How to pronounce pattern (audio) \

Kids Definition of pattern

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the form or figures used in decoration : design The cloth has a fancy pattern.
2 : a model or guide for making something Mom used a pattern to make the dress.
3 : the regular and repeated way in which something is done Their behavior has fallen into a pattern.
4 : something worth copying : model

Other Words from pattern

patterned \ -​tərnd \ adjective

pattern

verb
patterned; patterning

Kids Definition of pattern (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to make or develop by following an example The building was patterned on a Greek temple.
2 : to have a design He wore a tie patterned with flags.

pattern

noun
pat·​tern | \ ˈpat-ərn How to pronounce pattern (audio) \

Medical Definition of pattern

1 : a model for making a mold used to form a casting
2 : a reliable sample of traits, acts, tendencies, or other observable characteristics of a person, group, or institution patterns of behavior
3 : an established mode of behavior or cluster of mental attitudes, beliefs, and values that are held in common by members of a group

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pattern

noun
pat·​tern | \ ˈpa-tərn How to pronounce pattern (audio) \

Legal Definition of pattern

1 : a form or model proposed for imitation
2 : a recognizably consistent series of related acts found a pattern of discrimination in that company a pattern of racketeering activity

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