Definition of set the pattern
- The book set the pattern for detective fiction.
: to cause to sit : place in or on a seat
: to put (a fowl) on eggs to hatch them
: to put (eggs) for hatching under a fowl or into an incubator
: the act or action of setting
: the condition of being set
: a number of things of the same kind that belong or are used together
: intent, determined
: intentional, premeditated
: fixed by authority or appointment : prescribed, specified
: a form or model proposed for imitation : exemplar
: something designed or used as a model for making things
: an artistic, musical, literary, or mechanical design or form
: to make, adapt, or fashion according to a pattern
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