: something designed or used as a model for making things
a dressmaker's pattern
: 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
dated : a length of fabric sufficient for an article (as of clothing)
: the distribution of shrapnel, bombs on a target, or shot from a shotgun
: the grouping made on a target by bullets
: a reliable sample of traits, acts, tendencies, or other observable characteristics of a person, group, or institution
a behavior pattern
the prevailing pattern of speech
: the flight path prescribed for an airplane that is coming in for a landing
: a prescribed route to be followed by a pass receiver in football
: a discernible coherent system based on the intended interrelationship of component parts
foreign policy patterns
: frequent or widespread incidence
a pattern of dissent
a pattern of violence
patterned; patterning; patterns
: to make, adapt, or fashion according to a pattern
: to furnish, adorn, or mark with a design
: to form a pattern
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. See More
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NounIn a pattern that has dominated for weeks, a low-pressure trough will send moisture ashore, creating clouds that will flow far inland. —Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 May 2023 That was a beautiful circle, and both of our characters had a very similar growth pattern. —Christy Piña, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 May 2023 Should people be concerned about a pattern of overstatements? —Brian Amaral, BostonGlobe.com, 26 May 2023 Both Mint Studios and Suites are laid out in a 1 – 1 pattern, so there won't be any neighbors to clamber over on your way to the lavatory. —Eric Rosen, Travel + Leisure, 25 May 2023 However, researchers also believe that poor sleep patterns may aggravate asthma symptoms. —Nick Blackmer, Verywell Health, 25 May 2023 Manny was teaching him pass patterns, and Uzi was fast. —Cayla Harris, San Antonio Express-News, 24 May 2023 Hormones and sleep Your body makes different hormones at different times of the day, and this is directly related to both your sleep patterns and your circadian rhythm. —Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 24 May 2023 Shop Now This personalization is achieved through a 400-plus selection of fabrics, a wide range of patterns, colors, and textures. —Robb Report Studio, Robb Report, 24 May 2023
VerbAll link macrocosm to microcosm, unit to pattern to fractal. —Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, 9 May 2023 Our test gun shucked smoothly, shot straight, and patterned well. —Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, 20 Mar. 2023 One man wore a camouflage baseball cap and a bracelet patterned with an American flag. —Hannah Natanson, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Mar. 2023 So Hayslett instead opted for plush upholstery, ambient lighting, and patterned drapes to infuse warmth into each room. —Kate Mcgregor, ELLE Decor, 16 Mar. 2023 There are as many humans as dogs in here, ordering drinks at a second bar area, dressed in casual style — shorts and T-shirts, athleisure ensembles, patterned button-downs, cute summer dresses. —Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 16 May 2023 Gaga was also seen filming additional scenes with extras at Manhattan's City Hall while wearing an ensemble composed of a red jacket, a black and white patterned blouse, a black skirt and mesh black leggings. —Tommy Mcardle, Peoplemag, 6 Apr. 2023 For the event, Gage wore a black and white patterned top and matching pants, a white shirt and a pair of white sneakers. —Nicholas Rice, Peoplemag, 30 Apr. 2023 Her black-and-white-and-red prints from 2014 strikingly combine women with nature in figures patterned in prickly vines or with an apple tree growing from one of the women’s heads. —Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 28 Apr. 2023 See More
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