• Iron Spokeshave.  Pattern-maker's Spokeshave
    Iron Spokeshave. Pattern-maker's Spokeshave
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v pattern plan or create according to a model or models
    • v pattern form a pattern "These sentences pattern like the ones we studied before"
    • n pattern a customary way of operation or behavior "it is their practice to give annual raises","they changed their dietary pattern"
    • n pattern a decorative or artistic work "the coach had a design on the doors"
    • n pattern 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"
    • n pattern something intended as a guide for making something else "a blueprint for a house","a pattern for a skirt"
    • n pattern 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"
    • n pattern a model considered worthy of imitation "the American constitution has provided a pattern for many republics"
    • n pattern graphical representation (in polar or Cartesian coordinates) of the spatial distribution of radiation from an antenna as a function of angle
    • n pattern 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"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Showing a repeated floral design with bead pattern border at the bottom Showing a repeated floral design with bead pattern border at the bottom
Repeated pattern, alternately reversed, forming a linear design Repeated pattern, alternately reversed, forming a linear design
Showing key and leaf patterns Showing key and leaf patterns
Showing floral and bead patterns Showing floral and bead patterns
Showing central figures with floral design, the whole surrounded by a repeating key pattern Showing central figures with floral design, the whole surrounded by a repeating key pattern
Showing detailed foliage patterns Showing detailed foliage patterns
A symmetrical pattern, showing lines, beads and animal figures A symmetrical pattern, showing lines, beads and animal figures
Highly detailed decoration, showing figures, mosaic and floral patterns Highly detailed decoration, showing figures, mosaic and floral patterns

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The reason why some people get a cowlick is because the growth of their hair is in a spiral pattern, which causes the hair to either stand straight up, or goes to a certain angle
    • Pattern (Gun) A diagram showing the distribution of the pellets of a shotgun on a vertical target perpendicular to the plane of fire.
    • Pattern (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.
    • Pattern 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."
    • Pattern 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.
    • Pattern 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 Anything cut or formed to serve as a guide to cutting or forming objects; as, a dressmaker's pattern .
    • Pattern 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."
    • Pattern Figure or style of decoration; design; as, wall paper of a beautiful pattern .
    • Pattern Something made after a model; a copy. "The patterns of things in the heavens."
    • Pattern Stuff sufficient for a garment; as, a dress pattern .
    • Pattern the recommended flight path for an airplane to follow as it approaches an airport for a landing. Same as landing pattern.
    • Pattern 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."
    • Pattern To serve as an example for; also, to parallel.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Napoleon took 14,000 French decrees and simplified them into a unified set of 7 laws. This was the first time in modern history that a nation's laws applied equally to all citizens. Napoleon's 7 laws are so impressive that by 1960 more than 70 governments had patterned their own laws after them or used them verbatim.
    • n pattern An original or model proposed for imitation; an archetype; an exemplar; that which is to be copied or imitated: as, the pattern of a machine. See pattern-maker.
    • n pattern Hence A sufficient quantity to make a complete article from: as, a pattern, of dress-material.
    • n pattern Something resembling something else; hence, a precedent.
    • n pattern Something made after a model; a copy.
    • n pattern A part showing the figure or quality of the whole; a specimen; a sample.
    • n pattern An instance; an example; emphatically, a model example.
    • n pattern A design or figure corresponding in outline to an object that is to be fabricated, and serving as a guide for determining its exact shape and dimensions; in molding, the counterpart of a casting in wood or metal, from which the mold in the sand is made.
    • n pattern In numismatics, a specimen struck in metal by the mint as a model or sample for a proposed coin, but not ultimately adopted for the currency. Thus, the Gothic crown of Queen Victoria, struck as a model for a crown piece, but never adopted for currency, is a pattern. A proof, on the other hand, is an early impression struck from dies used for the production of coins actually current. See proof.
    • n pattern A decorative design intended to be carried out in any manufacture; hence, such a design when executed: as, a sprig pattern; a heraldic pattern; silk or damask of a beautiful pattern.
    • n pattern In gun-making, the distribution of shot in a target at which a shot-gun is fired. In a circle called the “killing circle” by sportsmen and gun-makers (which at a range of 40 yards is from 26 to 30 inches in diameter), the shot should be evenly distributed, so that there can be no possibility of escape for game within the periphery of this circle. The more uniform the distribution of the shot the better is the pattern. The number of shot in the pattern varies widely, according to the size of the shot, which is selected in accordance with the kind of game sought. To secure the desired pattern it is sometimes necessary to re-bore the barrel of a gun several times.
    • n pattern Synonyms Model, Ideal, etc. See example.
    • pattern To make in imitation of some pattern or model; copy.
    • pattern To serve as a pattern, example, or precedent for.
    • pattern To cover with a design or pattern.
    • pattern To match; parallel.
    • n pattern A templet; a guide; a gage.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: No two lions have the same pattern of whiskers, like a fingerprint.
    • n Pattern pat′ėrn 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
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  • Alfred Adler
    “The test of one's behavior pattern; relationship to society, relationship to one's work, relationship to sex.”
  • Margaret Mead
    “Our humility rest upon a series of learned behaviors, woven together into patterns that are infinitely fragile and never directly inherited.”
  • Hubert H. Humphrey
    “Each child is an adventure into a better life --an opportunity to change the old pattern and make it new.”
  • Edward De Bono
    Edward De Bono
    “Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.”
  • Anais Nin
    “I stopped loving my father a long time ago. What remained was the slavery to a pattern.”
  • Sir Philip Sidney
    “Alexander received more bravery of mind by the pattern of Achilles, than by hearing the definition of fortitude.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. patron, F. patron, a patron, also, a pattern. See Patron
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. patron, a protector, pattern.


In literature:

This was not according to the pattern she knew, and she was suspicious.
"The Defiant Agents" by Andre Alice Norton
They had no Talent, no way to sense the owner's mind-pattern, impressed on the blade at an Irschchan's coming-of-age ceremony.
"A Matter of Honor" by Ann Wilson
And since he never quarreled, never exhibited any signs of dissatisfaction, he was left to his own pattern.
"This Crowded Earth" by Robert Bloch
They were rather large centrepieces, all of the same pattern, which was stamped, but not embroidered.
"Patty's Success" by Carolyn Wells
If she were released, she would at once attempt to overthrow our power, to set up a state after the Croen pattern.
"Valley of the Croen" by Lee Tarbell
Continue in pattern, twisting the "cable" as directed every 6th row, until the wrist is seven patterns in length.
"Handbook of Wool Knitting and Crochet" by Anonymous
Peculiarly curved patterns appeared on it.
"The Machine That Saved The World" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
On this table lay various books of samples, and patterns, and catalogues of prices.
"Her Mother's Secret" by Emma D. E. N. Southworth
Place the pattern on the cloth, smooth side up if you can (though either side will work well), weight the pattern down as in stamping.
"The Ladies Book of Useful Information" by Anonymous
It is well for the student to begin with patterns arranged on some very simple plan, making slight changes in each succeeding pattern.
"Bookbinding, and the Care of Books" by Douglas Cockerell

In poetry:

See the stitches curve and crawl
Round the cunning seams-
Patterns thin and sweet and small
As a lady's dreams.
"The Satin Dress" by Dorothy Parker
'Tis a pattern set for us,
How we ought to wait and pray;
None who plead and wrestle thus,
Shall be empty sent away.
"Woman Of Canaan" by John Newton
Victoria, pattern of all virtues rare—
The good, the wise, the tender and benign—
With tender sympathy, and welcome fair,
Received this stranger youth of princely line.
"Duleep Singh" by Janet Hamilton
Fields pattern of emerald
Bright living surviving
The harvest of the sky over our earth
Feeds my voice I dream and weep
I laugh and dream among the flames
Among the clusters of the sun
"The Absence" by Paul Eluard
Like my life, this written sheet,
So unlike the pattern given;
Crooked strokes, I oft repeat;
Oh, that from it could be riven
All the blurs and blots of sin;
All the self that's found within.
"The Copy" by Joseph Horatio Chant
You are the Greatness of me,
My thoughts are Beauty shaped exquisitely
To the rare pattern of your loveliness
Exceeding all excess:
And the strange magic of this mystery,
Steals weight from burdened hours, and woe from weariness.
"Beloved" by Govinda Krishna Chettur

In news:

Wondering if this is a permanent weather change or just a fluke in the weather pattern.
Special to the News Sentinel Fostoria Glass Company of Fostoria, Ohio, made this ìAmericanî pattern.
I have a 45 piece collection of glassware that I am told is the "Fostoria" pattern.
"My home shows my taste for a mix of patterns and prints," Alex says.
It's too easy to fall into pat­terns of dis­ap­proval, where the only time we notice is when kids do wrong.
The New York International Gift Fair has announced a date pattern change for the winter 2007 market.
View full size Aristide Economopoulos/The Star-Ledger The pattern is set to change again tonight on Interstate 78 West in Essex and Union counties as the reconstruction of one of New Jersey's busiest stretches of highway continues.
The pattern for Lion Brand Yarn's President Obama finger puppet is availalble for free on Ravelry.
For all the diversity of American religion, certain regional patterns emerge, born of historical experiences and immigration trends.
The pattern lasts a single night.
The emergence of new consumption patterns takes time.
The spacing pattern offers product support to the edge of the belt.
They gradually move from their wintertime holding patterns in deep water into shallows where they lay their eggs.
A cool fall pattern has returned to Acadiana in the wake of a cold front that crossed the area early Thursday.
The streaks could be seen from San Francisco to Martinez, running across the sky, crisscrossing and making unusual patterns.

In science:

The SL patterns include common patterns such as wildcard patterns, variable patterns, alternative patterns, type constraint patterns, alias patterns, and tuple patterns.
From Syntactic Theories to Interpreters: A Specification Language and Its Compilation
Dynamic definitions can be considered as definitions of SL patterns, and context definitions are parametric patterns where the parameters denote the holes.
From Syntactic Theories to Interpreters: A Specification Language and Its Compilation
When the pattern matrix is empty, pattern-matching is vacuously successful.
From Syntactic Theories to Interpreters: A Specification Language and Its Compilation
The first case of classical patterns studied was that of permutations avoiding a permutation pattern of length 3.
Words restricted by 3-letter generalized multipermutation patterns
Moreover, if P is a set of generalized patterns then |[k ]n (P )| denotes the set all the words in [k ]n that avoid each pattern from P simultaneously.
Partially Ordered generalized patterns and k-ary words