Pattern meaning

păt'ərn
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.

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A test pattern.
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A pass pattern.
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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.

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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.

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To apply a pattern.
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To make a pattern.
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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.
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The full-scale model used in making a sand mold for casting metal.
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An arrangement of form; disposition of parts or elements; design.

Wallpaper patterns, the pattern of a novel.

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Something representing a class or type; example; sample.
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A consistent, characteristic form, style, or method, as:
  • A composite of traits or features characteristic of an individual or a group.
    One's pattern of behavior.
  • Form and style in an artistic work or body of artistic works.
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A regular, mainly unvarying way of acting or doing.

Behavior patterns.

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A predictable or prescribed route, movement, etc.

Traffic pattern, landing pattern.

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To make, do, shape, or plan in imitation of a model or pattern.
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To fit into a pattern.
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To serve as an example for.
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To cover or ornament with a design or pattern.
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A person or thing considered worthy of imitation or copying.
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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.
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Decorative arrangement.
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To make or design (anything) by, from, or after, something that serves as a pattern; to copy; to model; to imitate.
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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.

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To follow an example.
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To supply with a pattern or design; mark or decorate with a pattern.
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Enough material to make a complete garment.
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The flight path of an aircraft about to land.

A flight pattern.

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Sufficient material for making a garment.
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Origin of pattern

  • Middle English patron from Old French patron
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Originally a variant form of patron.
    From Wiktionary