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 for pattern
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pattern \Pat"tern\, n. [OE. patron, F. patron, a patron, also, a
     pattern. See Patron.]
     1. 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.
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              I will be the pattern of all patience. --Shak.
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     2. A part showing the figure or quality of the whole; a
        specimen; a sample; an example; an instance.
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              He compares the pattern with the whole piece.
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     3. Stuff sufficient for a garment; as, a dress pattern.
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     4. Figure or style of decoration; design; as, wall paper of a
        beautiful pattern.
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     5. Something made after a model; a copy. --Shak.
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              The patterns of things in the heavens. --Heb. ix.
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     6. Anything cut or formed to serve as a guide to cutting or
        forming objects; as, a dressmaker's pattern.
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     7. (Founding) 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.
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     8. 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.
     Note: Various collections of objects or markings are spoken
           of as a pattern. Thus: the distribution of bomb or
           shell impacts on a target area, or of bullet holes in a
           target; a set of traits or actions that appear to be
           consistent throughout the members of a group or over
           time within a group, as behavioral pattern, traffic
           pattern, dress pattern; the wave pattern for a spoken
           word; the pattern of intensities in a spectrum; a
           grammatical pattern.
     9. (Gun.) A diagram showing the distribution of the pellets
        of a shotgun on a vertical target perpendicular to the
        plane of fire.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
     10. the recommended flight path for an airplane to follow as
         it approaches an airport for a landing. Same as landing
     11. 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.
     pattern box, pattern chain, or pattern cylinder (Figure
        Weaving), devices, in a loom, for presenting several
        shuttles to the picker in the proper succession for
        forming the figure.
     Pattern card.
         (a) A set of samples on a card.
         (b) (Weaving) One of the perforated cards in a Jacquard
     Pattern reader, one who arranges textile patterns.
     Pattern wheel (Horology), a count-wheel.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pattern \Pat"tern\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Patterned; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Patterning.]
     1. 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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              [A temple] patterned from that which Adam reared in
              Paradise.                             --Sir T.
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     2. To serve as an example for; also, to parallel.
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     To pattern after, to imitate; to follow.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: 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" [syn:
           form, shape, pattern]
      2: a customary way of operation or behavior; "it is their
         practice to give annual raises"; "they changed their dietary
         pattern" [syn: practice, pattern]
      3: a decorative or artistic work; "the coach had a design on the
         doors" [syn: design, pattern, figure]
      4: 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" [syn:
         convention, normal, pattern, rule, formula]
      5: a model considered worthy of imitation; "the American
         constitution has provided a pattern for many republics"
      6: something intended as a guide for making something else; "a
         blueprint for a house"; "a pattern for a skirt" [syn:
         blueprint, design, pattern]
      7: 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" [syn: traffic pattern, approach pattern,
      8: graphical representation (in polar or Cartesian coordinates)
         of the spatial distribution of radiation from an antenna as a
         function of angle [syn: radiation pattern, radiation
         diagram, pattern]
      v 1: plan or create according to a model or models [syn:
           model, pattern]
      2: form a pattern; "These sentences pattern like the ones we
         studied before"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  298 Moby Thesaurus words for "pattern":
     Geistesgeschichte, Hegelian idea, Kantian idea, Platonic form,
     Platonic idea, action, actions, activity, acts, address,
     aesthetic form, affectation, air, anatomy, antetype, antitype,
     archetype, architectonics, architecture, arrangement, art form,
     automatism, background, background detail, bad habit, barometer,
     bearing, beau ideal, behavior, behavior pattern, behavioral norm,
     behavioral science, biotype, blueprint, brouillon, build, building,
     canon, canon form, carriage, cartoon, cast, characteristic, chart,
     check, classic example, complex idea, comportment, composition,
     conduct, configuration, conformation, consistency, constellation,
     constitution, construction, copy, creation, creature of habit,
     criterion, culture pattern, custom, cut, cycle, decorate,
     decoration, decorative composition, decorative style, degree,
     delineation, demeanor, deportment, design, detail, device, diagram,
     doing, doings, draft, drawing, duplicate, ebauche, elevation,
     emulate, epitome, esquisse, eternal object, eternal universal,
     example, exemplar, fabric, fabrication, fashion, fashioning,
     figuration, figure, figure-ground, foil, folkway, follow,
     force of habit, foreground detail, forging, form, formal cause,
     format, formation, frame, fugleman, fugler, fugue form, gauge,
     genotype, genre, gestalt, gestures, getup, goings-on, good example,
     graduated scale, graph, ground plan, guide, guise, habit,
     habit pattern, habitude, highest category, history of ideas,
     house plan, ichnography, ideal, idealism, ideate, ideatum,
     idee-force, imitate, imitatee, impression, innate idea, inner form,
     innovation, instance, layout, lead, lied form, maintien, make,
     makeup, making, man of men, manner, manners, manufacture, matrix,
     measure, method, methodology, methods, mien, mimic, mirror,
     modality, mode, model, modus vivendi, mold, molding, motif,
     motions, motive, mould, movements, moves, national style,
     new departure, nonpareil, noosphere, norm, noumenon,
     observable behavior, order, orderliness, organic structure,
     organism, organization, original, ornament, ornamental motif,
     outline, paradigm, paragon, parameter, patterning, peculiarity,
     percept, period style, physique, pilot model, plan, plot, poise,
     port, pose, posture, practice, praxis, precedent, presence,
     primary form, procedure, proceeding, production, profile,
     projection, prototype, quantity, reading, readout, regularity,
     regulative first principle, repeated figure, repetition,
     representation, representative, rondo form, rough, rule, sample,
     scale, second nature, sequence, set, setting, setup, shape,
     shaping, shining example, significant form, simple idea, simulate,
     skeleton, sketch, social science, sonata allegro, sonata form,
     specimen, stamp, standard, stencil, stereotype,
     stereotyped behavior, structure, structuring, style,
     subsistent form, symphonic form, system, table, tactics, tectonics,
     template, test, texture, the Absolute, the Absolute Idea,
     the Self-determined, the realized ideal, theme, tissue,
     toccata form, tone, touch, touchstone, transcendent idea,
     transcendent nonempirical concept, transcendent universal, trick,
     turn, type, type species, type specimen, universal,
     universal concept, universal essence, urtext, usage, use, value,
     warp and woof, way, way of life, ways, weave, web, wont,
     working drawing, yardstick

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