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, 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.

  2. Pattern(n.)

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

  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.

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


  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

  10. Origin: [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.]

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?

  1. Alex
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How to say pattern in sign language?

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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. Ronan Farrow:

    This establishes a pattern now.

  2. Peter Schweizer:

    The smoking gun is in the pattern of behavior.

  3. Brian Jenkins:

    It surprised me ; it has not been the pattern.

  4. District Attorney Stan Garnett:

    I've never quite seen this fact pattern before.

  5. Cathy Zapotocny:

    Weve been stuck in this pattern since February.

Images & Illustrations of pattern

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