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: 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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NounMulkey showed up to the Tigers' Sweet 16 matchup against the Utah Utes in a sharp blazer that featured a floral and plaid pattern. —Victoria Hernandez, USA TODAY, 24 Mar. 2023 Gallagher was the victim of a grand larceny, the police sources said, and her death is being linked to a pattern of victims who were drugged and robbed. —Aaron Katersky, ABC News, 24 Mar. 2023 In this Southampton garden, a playful oversized lattice pattern feels fresh and timeless all at once. —Alyssa Longobucco, House Beautiful, 24 Mar. 2023 As the days get longer and wildflowers begin to bloom, hummingbirds have followed their regular migratory pattern and are back in North Texas this spring. —Noor Adatia, Dallas News, 23 Mar. 2023 Henry’s apology fits a pattern that does not boost the trust fans have in FSG, Blott said. —Michael Silverman, BostonGlobe.com, 23 Mar. 2023 But where most repeating progressions in modern country use a four-chord pattern, this one covered six. —Tom Roland, Billboard, 22 Mar. 2023 In what has become a pattern while assessing Ukraine’s battlefield needs, Biden eventually relented, assessing that the issue would not be resolved without an American commitment of tanks. —Dan Lamothe, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Mar. 2023 The criminal complaint outlines a pattern of stalking behavior by Howell and quotes Schoeffling’s own statements to police, captured on officers’ body cameras and security footage. —Ashley Luthern, Journal Sentinel, 22 Mar. 2023
VerbColor everything, pattern everything and all mixed together and crazy. —Astrid Kayembe, Los Angeles Times, 23 Mar. 2023 Wilson said he’s tried to pattern his game after former NFL cornerback Darrelle Revis, who was a seven-time Pro Bowl selection and four-time, first-team All-Pro during his 17-year career. —Bob Mcmanaman, The Arizona Republic, 13 May 2021 The two worked together to pattern the deer, but Hogue always planned for his buddy to ultimately put a tag on bruiser. —Scott Bestul, Field & Stream, 9 Jan. 2023 Premium ammunition will pattern better and may eject easier from autoloading shotguns than cheap shells. —Matt Williams, Dallas News, 27 Aug. 2022 This modularity is enabled by the presence of Hox genes, master control genes that pattern the developing body. —Malcolm Maciver, Discover Magazine, 28 Sep. 2010 The chorus flips that pattern a bit, descending in its opening moments and making longer notes more prominent. —Tom Roland, Billboard, 29 Nov. 2022 Next, the researchers had to figure out how to pattern a surface with thousands of their artificial cilia. —Saugat Bolakhe, Scientific American, 11 July 2022 Defenders including Tony Allen, Shane Battier, Bruce Bowen, Michael Cooper and Derek Harper would become guys that young players might pattern themselves after. —Greg Moore, The Arizona Republic, 4 Feb. 2022 See More
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