Definitions for Patternˈpæt ərn; Brit. ˈpæt n

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pat•ternˈpæt ərn; Brit. ˈpæt n(n.)

  1. a decorative design, as for wallpaper, china, or textile fabrics, composed of elements in a regular arrangement.

  2. a natural or chance marking, configuration, or design.

  3. a distinctive style, model, or form:

    a new pattern of army helmet.

  4. a combination of qualities, acts, tendencies, etc., forming a consistent or characteristic arrangement:

    the behavior patterns of teenagers.

  5. an original or model considered for or deserving of imitation.

  6. anything designed to serve as a model or guide for something to be made.

  7. an example, instance, sample, or specimen.

  8. the path of flight established for an aircraft approaching an airport at which it is to land.

    Category: Aeronautics

  9. the distribution of strikes around a target at which artillery rounds have been fired or on which bombs have been dropped.

    Category: Military

  10. (v.t.)to make or fashion after or according to a pattern.

  11. to cover or mark with a pattern.

  12. (v.i.)to make or fall into a pattern.

Origin of pattern:

1325–75; ME patron < ML patrōnus model, pattern, L: patron

Princeton's WordNet

  1. form, shape, pattern(noun)

    a perceptual structure

    "the composition presents problems for students of musical form"; "a visual pattern must include not only objects but the spaces between them"

  2. practice, pattern(noun)

    a customary way of operation or behavior

    "it is their practice to give annual raises"; "they changed their dietary pattern"

  3. design, pattern, figure(noun)

    a decorative or artistic work

    "the coach had a design on the doors"

  4. convention, normal, pattern, rule, formula(noun)

    something regarded as a normative example

    "the convention of not naming the main character"; "violence is the rule not the exception"; "his formula for impressing visitors"

  5. pattern(noun)

    a model considered worthy of imitation

    "the American constitution has provided a pattern for many republics"

  6. blueprint, design, pattern(noun)

    something intended as a guide for making something else

    "a blueprint for a house"; "a pattern for a skirt"

  7. traffic pattern, approach pattern, pattern(noun)

    the path that is prescribed for an airplane that is preparing to land at an airport

    "the traffic patterns around O'Hare are very crowded"; "they stayed in the pattern until the fog lifted"

  8. radiation pattern, radiation diagram, pattern(verb)

    graphical representation (in polar or Cartesian coordinates) of the spatial distribution of radiation from an antenna as a function of angle

  9. model, pattern(verb)

    plan or create according to a model or models

  10. pattern(verb)

    form a pattern

    "These sentences pattern like the ones we studied before"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. pattern(noun)ˈpæt ərn; Brit. ˈpæt n

    a series of shapes, colors, lines, etc. in a repeated sequence

    I love the pattern on his t-shirt.

  2. patternˈpæt ərn; Brit. ˈpæt n

    a regular sequence in how sth or sb develops or happens

    detailed records of weather patterns in the region; sleep patterns in the elderly

  3. patternˈpæt ərn; Brit. ˈpæt n

    a plan or explanation of how to make sth

    a knitting pattern


  1. pattern(Noun)

    Model, example.

  2. pattern(Noun)

    Decorative arrangement.

  3. pattern(Verb)

    to apply a pattern

  4. pattern(Verb)

    to follow an example

  5. pattern(Verb)

    to fit into a pattern

  6. Origin: Originally a variant form of patron.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pattern(noun)

    anything proposed for imitation; an archetype; an exemplar; that which is to be, or is worthy to be, copied or imitated; as, a pattern of a machine

  2. Pattern(noun)

    a part showing the figure or quality of the whole; a specimen; a sample; an example; an instance

  3. Pattern(noun)

    stuff sufficient for a garment; as, a dress pattern

  4. Pattern(noun)

    figure or style of decoration; design; as, wall paper of a beautiful pattern

  5. Pattern(noun)

    something made after a model; a copy

  6. Pattern(noun)

    anything cut or formed to serve as a guide to cutting or forming objects; as, a dressmaker's pattern

  7. Pattern(noun)

    a full-sized model around which a mold 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 mold without injuring it

  8. Pattern(verb)

    to make or design (anything) by, from, or after, something that serves as a pattern; to copy; to model; to imitate

  9. Pattern(verb)

    to serve as an example for; also, to parallel


  1. Pattern

    A pattern, apart from the term's use to mean "Template", is a discernible regularity in the world or in a manmade design. As such, the elements of a pattern repeat in a predictable manner. Any of the five senses may directly observe patterns. Conversely, abstract patterns in science, mathematics, or language may be observable only by analysis. Direct observation in practice means seeing visual patterns, which are widespread in nature and in art. Visual patterns in nature are often chaotic, never exactly repeating, and often involve fractals. Natural patterns include spirals, meanders, waves, foams, tilings, cracks, and those created by symmetries of rotation and reflection. All such patterns have an underlying mathematical structure; indeed, mathematics can be seen as the search for regularities, and the output of any function is a mathematical pattern. Similarly in the sciences, theories explain and predict regularities in the world. In art and architecture, decorations or visual motifs may be combined and repeated to form patterns designed to have a chosen effect on the viewer. In computer science, a software design pattern is a known solution to a class of problems in programming. In fashion, the pattern is a template used to create any number of similar garments.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Pattern' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1105

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Pattern' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1834

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Pattern' in Nouns Frequency: #272

Translations for Pattern

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a model or guide for making something

a dress-pattern.

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