I. noun Etymology: Middle English patron, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin patronus Date: 14th century 1. a form or model proposed for imitation ; exemplar 2. something designed or used as a model for making things <
a dressmaker's pattern
3. an artistic, musical, literary, or mechanical design or form 4. a natural or chance configuration <
frost patterns
the pattern of events
5. a length of fabric sufficient for an article (as of clothing) 6. a. the distribution of shrapnel, bombs on a target, or shot from a shotgun b. the grouping made on a target by bullets 7. a reliable sample of traits, acts, tendencies, or other observable characteristics of a person, group, or institution <
a behavior pattern
spending patterns
8. a. the flight path prescribed for an airplane that is coming in for a landing b. a prescribed route to be followed by a pass receiver in football 9. test pattern 10. a discernible coherent system based on the intended interrelationship of component parts <
foreign policy patterns
11. frequent or widespread incidence <
a pattern of dissent
a pattern of violence
Synonyms: see modelpatterned adjectivepatternless adjective II. verb Date: circa 1586 transitive verb 1. dialect chiefly England a. match b. imitate 2. to make, adapt, or fashion according to a pattern 3. to furnish, adorn, or mark with a design intransitive verb to form a pattern

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  • 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. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pattern — [ patɛrn ] n. m. • 1914; mot angl. « modèle schématique » ♦ Anglic. Modèle simplifié d une structure, en sciences humaines. ⇒ modèle, 2. patron, schéma, structure, type. ⊗ HOM. Paterne. ● pattern nom masculin (anglais pattern) Modèle spécifique… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • pattern — [pat′ərn] n. [ME patron < OFr patrun, patron, hence something to be imitated, pattern: see PATRON] 1. a person or thing considered worthy of imitation or copying 2. a model or plan used as a guide in making things; set of forms to the shape of …   English World dictionary

  • Pattern — ist ein ehemaliger Ortsteil von Aldenhoven, siehe: Pattern (Aldenhoven) ein Ortsteil von Jülich, siehe: Pattern (Jülich) ein anglisierender Begriff für „Muster“ in der strukturfunktionalistischen Soziologie eine Struktur – siehe Pattern Variables …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • pattern — pat·tern / pa tərn/ n 1: a form or model proposed for imitation 2: a recognizably consistent series of related acts found a pattern of discrimination in that company a pattern of racketeering activity Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam… …   Law dictionary

  • pattern — [n1] design, motif arrangement, decoration, device, diagram, figure, guide, impression, instruction, markings, mold, motive, original, ornament, patterning, plan, stencil, template, trim; concepts 259,625 Ant. plainness pattern [n2] arrangement,… …   New thesaurus

  • 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. Milton. [1913 Webster] [A temple] patterned from that …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pattern — (n.) early 14c., the original proposed to imitation; the archetype; that which is to be copied; an exemplar [Johnson], from O.Fr. patron, from M.L. patronus (see PATRON (Cf. patron)). Extended sense of decorative design first recorded 1580s, from …   Etymology dictionary

  • pattern — /ˈpattern, ingl. ˈpæt(J)n/ [vc. ingl., propr. «campione, modello»] s. m. inv. 1. schema, modello 2. struttura, sistema …   Sinonimi e Contrari. Terza edizione

  • pattern — ► NOUN 1) a repeated decorative design. 2) a regular or discernible form or order in which a series of things occur: working patterns. 3) a model, design, or set of instructions for making something. 4) an example for others to follow. 5) a model …   English terms dictionary

  • Pattern — Pattern. См. Модель. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …   Словарь металлургических терминов

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