- The definition of a pattern is someone or something used as a model to make a copy, a design, or an expected action.
- An example of a pattern is the paper sections a seamstress uses to make a dress; a dress pattern.
- An example of a pattern is polka dots.
- An example of a pattern is rush hour traffic; a traffic pattern.
- Pattern is defined as making a copy based on a model.
An example of pattern is using a store bought shirt as an example to make another one from scratch.
A dressmaker using a pattern.
- a person or thing considered worthy of imitation or copying
- a model or plan used as a guide in making things; set of forms to the shape of which material is cut for assembly into the finished article: a dress pattern
- the full-scale model used in making a sand mold for casting metal
- something representing a class or type; example; sample
- an arrangement of form; disposition of parts or elements; design: wallpaper patterns, the pattern of a novel
- a regular, mainly unvarying way of acting or doing: behavior patterns
- a predictable or prescribed route, movement, etc.: traffic pattern, landing pattern
- grouping or distribution, as of a number of bullets fired at a mark
- something, as a diagram, showing such distribution
- ☆ Now Rare sufficient material for making a garment
Origin of patternMiddle English patron ; from Old French patrun, patron, hence something to be imitated, pattern: see patron
- to make, do, shape, or plan in imitation of a model or pattern: with on, upon, or after
- to supply with a pattern or design; mark or decorate with a pattern
- a. A usually repeating artistic or decorative design: a paisley pattern. See Synonyms at figure.b. A natural or accidental arrangement or sequence: the pattern of rainfall over the past year.
- a. A plan, diagram, or model to be followed in making things: a dress pattern.b. A model or original used for imitation or as an archetype. See Synonyms at ideal.
- A consistent, characteristic form, style, or method, as:a. A composite of traits or features characteristic of an individual or a group: one's pattern of behavior.b. Form and style in an artistic work or body of artistic works.
- a. The configuration of gunshots upon a target that is used as an indication of skill in shooting.b. The distribution and spread, around a targeted region, of spent shrapnel, bomb fragments, or shot from a shotgun.
- Enough material to make a complete garment.
- A test pattern.
- The flight path of an aircraft about to land: a flight pattern.
- Football A pass pattern.
verbpat·terned, pat·tern·ing, pat·terns
- To make, mold, or design by following a pattern: We patterned this plan on the previous one. My daughter patterned her military career after her father's.
- To cover or ornament with a design or pattern.
Origin of patternMiddle English patron, from Old French; see patron.
- Model, example.
- Something from which a copy is made; a model or outline. [from 14th c.]
- Someone or something seen as an example to be imitated; an exemplar. [from 15th c.]
- (now rare) A copy. [from 15th c.]
- (now only numismatics) A sample; of coins, an example which was struck but never minted. [from 16th c.]
- A representative example. [from 16th c.]
- (US) The material needed to make a piece of clothing. [from 17th c.]
- (textiles) The paper or cardboard template from which the parts of a garment are traced onto fabric prior to cutting out and assembling.
- (metalworking, dated) A full-sized model around which a mould of sand is made, to receive the melted metal. It is usually made of wood and in several parts, so as to be removed from the mould without damage.
- (computing) A text string containing wildcards, used for matching.
- There were no files matching the pattern *.txt.
- Decorative arrangement.
- A design, motif or decoration, especially formed from regular repeated elements. [from 16th c.]
- A naturally-occurring or random arrangement of shapes, colours etc. which have a regular or decorative effect. [from 19th c.]
- The given spread, range etc. of shot fired from a gun. [from 19th c.]
- A particular sequence of events, facts etc. which can be understood, used to predict the future, or seen to have a mathematical, geometric, statistical etc. relationship. [from 19th c.]
- (linguistics) An intelligible arrangement in a given area of language.
(third-person singular simple present patterns, present participle patterning, simple past and past participle patterned)
- to apply a pattern
- To make or design (anything) by, from, or after, something that serves as a pattern; to copy; to model; to imitate.
- to follow an example
- to fit into a pattern
- To serve as an example for.
Originally a variant form of patron.
pattern - Investment & Finance Definition
A trend that can be detected by connecting the prices on a price chart. Technical analysts interpret patterns in order to predict likely future price movements.