What does pattern mean?

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

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word pattern.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. form, shape, patternnoun

    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, patternnoun

    a customary way of operation or behavior

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

  3. design, pattern, figurenoun

    a decorative or artistic work

    "the coach had a design on the doors"

  4. convention, normal, pattern, rule, formulanoun

    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. patternnoun

    a model considered worthy of imitation

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

  6. blueprint, design, patternnoun

    something intended as a guide for making something else

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

  7. traffic pattern, approach pattern, patternnoun

    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, patternverb

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

  9. model, patternverb

    plan or create according to a model or models

  10. patternverb

    form a pattern

    "These sentences pattern like the ones we studied before"

GCIDE

  1. Patternnoun

    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. Patternnoun

    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. Patternnoun

    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.]

Wiktionary

  1. patternnoun

    Model, example.

    Etymology: Originally a variant form of patron.

  2. patternnoun

    Decorative arrangement.

    Etymology: Originally a variant form of patron.

  3. patternverb

    to apply a pattern

    Etymology: Originally a variant form of patron.

  4. patternverb

    to follow an example

    Etymology: Originally a variant form of patron.

  5. patternverb

    to fit into a pattern

    Etymology: Originally a variant form of patron.

Wikipedia

  1. Pattern

    A pattern is a regularity in the world, in human-made design, or in abstract ideas. As such, the elements of a pattern repeat in a predictable manner. A geometric pattern is a kind of pattern formed of geometric shapes and typically repeated like a wallpaper design. Any of the 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. 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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Patternnoun

    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. Patternnoun

    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. Patternnoun

    stuff sufficient for a garment; as, a dress pattern

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

  4. Patternnoun

    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. Patternnoun

    something made after a model; a copy

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

  6. Patternnoun

    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. Patternnoun

    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. Patternverb

    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. Patternverb

    to serve as an example for; also, to parallel

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

Freebase

  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 for seeing 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 completed 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

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Numerology

  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. Van Kerkhove:

    I worry that we will remain in this pattern of peak and trough and peak and trough, and we can do better.

  2. Robby Mook:

    I just see a pattern consistently from 2016 all the way through now, which is, he tries to project his biggest problems onto his opponents so he gives the media a false equivalence to try to muddy the water, part of the reason he was so obsessed with calling Hillary Clinton dishonest is because he is probably the most dishonest person to win the White House.

  3. Rio Games:

    We know it spreads easily and that's disturbing. ... But we're also at the height of the flu season which traditionally is January and February in the winter and then it tapers off and goes down in the warmer months, so if it follows that kind of a pattern, by the time we get to April, May and June it may be a thing of the past.

  4. Tom Saxlund:

    We generally ski for about a minute before we stop so any kind of exercise for the legs such as squats or lunges -- from eight to 10 weeks out if you are really committed -- will make a big difference, a lot of our customers make the same movement pattern again and again and so they're very good at skiing badly. It's about replacing that old movement pattern with something different.

  5. Jeff Kravetz:

    We're in a holding pattern until Friday, when we get the payrolls number.

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