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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.
I will be the pattern of all patience. --Shak.
2. A part showing the figure or quality of the whole; a
specimen; a sample; an example; an instance.
He compares the pattern with the whole piece.
3. Stuff sufficient for a garment; as, a dress pattern.
4. Figure or style of decoration; design; as, wall paper of a
5. Something made after a model; a copy. --Shak.
The patterns of things in the heavens. --Heb. ix.
6. Anything cut or formed to serve as a guide to cutting or
forming objects; as, a dressmaker's pattern.
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.
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
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.
(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.
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.
[A temple] patterned from that which Adam reared in
Paradise. --Sir T.
2. To serve as an example for; also, to parallel.
To pattern after, to imitate; to follow.
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
v 1: plan or create according to a model or models [syn:
2: form a pattern; "These sentences pattern like the ones we
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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