What does pattern mean?

Definitions for pattern
ˈpæt ərn; Brit. ˈpæt npat·tern

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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"


  1. Pattern(n.)

    a recognizable characteristic relationship or set of relationships between the members of any set of objects or actions, or the properties of the members; also, the set having a definable relationship between its members.

    Etymology: [OE. patron, F. patron, a patron, also, a pattern. See Patron.]

  2. Pattern(n.)

    the recommended flight path for an airplane to follow as it approaches an airport for a landing. Same as landing pattern.

    Etymology: [OE. patron, F. patron, a patron, also, a pattern. See Patron.]

  3. Pattern(n.)

    an image or diagram containing lines, usually horizontal, vertical, and diagonal, sometimes of varying widths, used to test the resolution of an optical instrument or the accuracy of reproduction of image copying or transmission equipment. Same as test pattern.

    Etymology: [OE. patron, F. patron, a patron, also, a pattern. See Patron.]


  1. pattern(Noun)

    Model, example.

    Etymology: Originally a variant form of patron.

  2. pattern(Noun)

    Decorative arrangement.

    Etymology: Originally a variant form of patron.

  3. pattern(Verb)

    to apply a pattern

    Etymology: Originally a variant form of patron.

  4. pattern(Verb)

    to follow an example

    Etymology: Originally a variant form of patron.

  5. pattern(Verb)

    to fit into a pattern

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [OE. patron, F. patron, a patron, also, a pattern. See Patron.]

  2. Pattern(noun)

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

    Etymology: [OE. patron, F. patron, a patron, also, a pattern. See Patron.]

  3. Pattern(noun)

    stuff sufficient for a garment; as, a dress pattern

    Etymology: [OE. patron, F. patron, a patron, also, a pattern. See Patron.]

  4. Pattern(noun)

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

    Etymology: [OE. patron, F. patron, a patron, also, a pattern. See Patron.]

  5. Pattern(noun)

    something made after a model; a copy

    Etymology: [OE. patron, F. patron, a patron, also, a pattern. See Patron.]

  6. Pattern(noun)

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

    Etymology: [OE. patron, F. patron, a patron, also, a pattern. See Patron.]

  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

    Etymology: [OE. patron, F. patron, a patron, also, a pattern. See Patron.]

  8. Pattern(verb)

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

    Etymology: [OE. patron, F. patron, a patron, also, a pattern. See Patron.]

  9. Pattern(verb)

    to serve as an example for; also, to parallel

    Etymology: [OE. patron, F. patron, a patron, also, a pattern. See Patron.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pattern

    pat′ėrn, n. a person or thing to be copied: a model: an example: style of ornamental work: anything to serve as a guide in forming objects: the distribution of shot in a target at which a gun is fired.—ns. Patt′ern-book, a book containing designs of lace, &c., or in which patterns of cloth, &c., are pasted; Patt′ern-box, in weaving, a box at each side of a loom containing the various shuttles that may be used; Patt′ern-card, a piece of cardboard on which specimens of cloth are fixed; Patt′ern-mak′er, one who makes the patterns for moulders in foundry-work; Patt′ern-shop, the place in which patterns for a factory are prepared; Patt′ern-wheel, the count-wheel in a clock movement. [Fr. patron, a protector, pattern.]

Editors Contribution

  1. pattern

    An systematic, defined and structured decorative design.

    The pattern created on the fabric is so elegant and beautiful.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 9, 2020  
  2. pattern

    The ability to see data, information, statistics, facts, behavior, style, use of language or form of creation exist for a specific period of time and then change.

    They could see a pattern emerge and they did a root cause analysis to change the pattern.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 13, 2020  

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

How to pronounce pattern?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pattern in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pattern in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of pattern in a Sentence

  1. Charles Kupchan:

    This is part of a broader pattern where Russia leans its influence wherever it can, russia does this in places like the Balkans, but also in Georgia and other places outside of the EU and NATO nations where they can be more overtly present.

  2. Curtis Reissig Reissig:

    I'm not an acrobat or a gymnast. . . . it was like I had a turbo thought pattern, how to do it each step...and that if I didn't complete each one, I wasn't going to make it.

  3. Rupert Colville:

    The government must end the persistent repression of dissent and the ongoing pattern of arbitrary arrests and refrain from criminalizing and attacking human rights defenders, political opponents and any other dissenting voices.

  4. Clarence Thomas:

    , } The woman, we all know, was Anita Hill. And I was there as her story unfolded. Twenty-seven years ago, on Yom Kippur eve, I testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in my role as President of the Women's Legal Defense Fund, which became National Partnership for Women Families for Women Families. I was joined by wonderful colleagues, including Professor Patricia King of Georgetown University and Marcia Greenberger, co-president of the National Women's Law Center. At the time I testified that Judge Clarence Thomas appeared to lack a demonstrated commitment to equal justice. I stated that Judge Clarence Thomas record cast grave doubt on Judge Clarence Thomas commitment to affirm and support fundamental principles of equal employment opportunity, the constitutional protections against gender discrimination and reproductive freedom. Judge Clarence Thomas record had shown an extensive pattern of disregard of principles of fundamental importance to women and Women Families. The ugly double standard over Kavanaughs so-called youthRead MoreOf course, the parallels between then and now are unmistakable. Shortly after my testimony, Hill's story was leaked to the press, and Anita Hill was asked to testify before the Senate. What happened next continues to be one of the most disgraceful episodes in our country's modern history. Anita Hill came before the Senate and was greeted by an all-male panel, led by Republicans who sought to prosecute Anita Hill, while Democrats, at best, remained neutral fact-finders. This phony trial resulted in a gross imbalance of power and meant that no one defended Anita Hill and no one prosecuted Judge Clarence Thomas. What was on trial was not the fitness of Judge Clarence Thomas to be the next Supreme Court justice but instead Hill's moral character and reputation as a woman. Immediately after the hearing, it was branded as a.

  5. Drew Allan Cicconi:

    Looking at the waves, cresting then hitting the shore, only to retreat ignominiously back to sea, it reminded me that people are like waves. Their moods shift and turn, then crest before hitting the shore, and only some of the lucky few can ride that wave standing up, smoothly carving an intricate pattern as he or she rides towards a sun blanched shore. At times like this, I always like to quote from Macbeth’s soliloquy in act 5, scene 5 of William Shakespeare's Macbeth, when Macbeth heard of his wife’s death.

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