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1. pattern [ n ] a perceptual structure
Examples: "the composition presents problems for students of musical form" "a visual pattern must include not only objects but the spaces between them"

Used in print:

(Chicago Daily Tribune...)

True , the pattern and flow of the drama have strong literary qualities that are a_bit wearisome in the first_half , before Don_Quixote goes to the duke 's court .

(Edward E. Kelly, S.J., "Christian Unity in England"...)

Of_course , the crowning event that has dramatically upset the traditional pattern of English religious history was the friendly visit paid by Dr._Fisher , then Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury , to the Vatican last December .

(Nathan Rapport, ""I've Been Here before!"...)

When a man recognizes a certain experience as the exact pattern of a previous dream , we have an instance of deja_vu , except for the fact that he knows just why the experience seems familiar .

One day Maeterlinck , coming with a friend upon an event which he recognized as the exact pattern of a previous dream , detailed the ensuing occurrences in_advance so accurately that his companion was completely mystified .

(Cornell H. Mayer, "Radio Emission of the Moon...)

The antenna patterns and the power gain at the peak of the beam were both measured ( Mayer , McCullough , and Sloanaker , 1958 b ) , so that the absolute power sensitivity of the antenna beam over the solid_angle of the moon was known .

Synonyms form pattern shape Related Terms structure strand gestalt mosaic fractal percept shape

2. pattern [ n ] a customary way of operation or behavior
Examples: "it is their practice to give annual raises" "they changed their dietary pattern"

Used in print:

(Edward Austin Walton, "On Education for the Interior...)

One or two of the schools have a five year curriculum , but the usual pattern of American education has limited most of them to the four year plan which seems to be the minimum in acceptable institutions .

(Frank Oppenheimer, "Science and Fear-- A Discussion...)

They arise in situations in which one believes that what happens depends not_only on the external world , but also on the precise pattern of behavior of the individual or group .

Often it is recognized that all the details of the pattern may not be essential to the outcome but , because the pattern was empirically determined and not developed through theoretical understanding , one is never quite certain which behavior elements are effective , and the whole pattern becomes ritualized .

Often it is recognized that all the details of the pattern may not be essential to the outcome but , because the pattern was empirically determined and not developed through theoretical understanding , one is never quite certain which behavior elements are effective , and the whole pattern becomes ritualized .

Often it is recognized that all the details of the pattern may not be essential to the outcome but , because the pattern was empirically determined and not developed through theoretical understanding , one is never quite certain which behavior elements are effective , and the whole pattern becomes ritualized .

Synonyms practice pattern Related Terms activity radioactivity fashion custom ritual slavery careerism one-upmanship symbolism transvestism cooperation unwritten_law cannibalism modernism popery lynch_law mistreatment occult ritualism formalism featherbedding nudism systematism quotation peonage habitude biologism

3. pattern [ n ] a decorative or artistic work
Examples: "the coach had a design on the doors"

Used in print:

(Nathan Rapport, ""I've Been Here before!"...)

One day when he attended a war memorial ceremony in Westminster_Abbey his view was obstructed by a stout man on his left , his attention turned to the irregular pattern of the rough slab flooring and someone , clasping him by the arm , whispered , `` I want a word with you , please '' .

(Chester G. Starr, The Origins of Greek Civili...)

While Protogeometric vases usually turn_up , especially outside Greece proper , together with as_many or more examples of local stamp , these `` non Greek '' patterns had mostly vanished by the later ninth century .

Painters left less and less of a vase in a plain dark color ; instead they divided the surface into many bands or covered it by all-over patterns into which freehand drawing began to creep .

Wavy lines , feather like patterns , rosettes of indefinitely floral nature , birds either singly or in stylized rows , animals in solemn frieze bands ( see Plates 11 - 12 ) - all these turned_up in the more developed fabrics as preliminary signs that the potters were broadening their gaze .

(Clement Greenberg, "Collage" in his Art and...)

These areas by_virtue_of their abrupt density of pattern , stated the literal surface with such new and superior force that the resulting contrast drove the simulated printing into a depth from which it could be rescued - and set to shuttling again - only by conventional perspective ; that_is , by being placed in such relation to the forms depicted within the illusion that these forms left no room for the typography except near the surface .

Synonyms pattern design figure Related Terms decoration motif emblem weave marking pyrograph tetraskele linocut device screen_saver damascene bear_claw mandala tattoo mihrab argyle decal triskele polka_dot design

4. pattern [ n ] something regarded as a normative example
Examples: "the convention of not naming the main character" "violence is the rule not the exception" "his formula for impressing visitors"

Used in print:

(Philip Reaves, "Who Rules the Marriage Bed?"...)

`` The pattern '' , says Dr._Morton_Schillinger , psychologist at New_York 's Lincoln_Institute_for_Psychotherapy , `` is for the husband to hover about anxiously and eagerly , virtually trembling in his hope that she will flash him the signal that tonight is the night '' .

(Gibson Winter, The Suburban Captivity of the...)

In a mobile society , congregational health depends_on a constant process of recruitment ; this recruitment , however , must follow the pattern of economic integration or it will disrupt the congregation ; therefore , the recruitment or missionary outreach of the congregation will be co-optation rather_than proclamation - like elements will have_to be assimilated .

Churches can be strengthened through this process of co-optation so_long as the environs of the church provide a sufficient pool of people who can fit the pattern of economic integration ; once the pool of recruits diminishes , the congregation is helpless - friendly contacts no_longer keep it going .

These values give direction to the life of the middle-class man or woman , dictating the methods of child rearing , determining the pattern of community participation , setting the style for the psychiatric treatment of middle-class illness , and informing the congregational life of the major denominations .

(Arlin Turner, "William Faulkner, Southern Novelist"...)

A useful comment on his relation to his region may be made , I think , by noting briefly how in handling Southern materials and Southern problems he has deviated from the pattern set by other Southern authors while remaining faithful to the essential character of the region .

Synonyms rule pattern convention formula normal Related Terms practice code_of_conduct mores formularize

5. pattern [ v ] plan or create according to a model or models

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(Norman Kent, "The Watercolor Art of Roy M. Mason"...)

Roy_Mason is essentially a landscape painter whose style and direction has a kinship with the English watercolorists of the early nineteenth century , especially the beautifully patterned art of John_Sell_Cotman .

Synonyms pattern model Related Terms imitate imitate scale sovietize model model model modeler

6. pattern [ n ] a model considered worthy of imitation
Examples: "the American constitution has provided a pattern for many republics"

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(Chester G. Starr, The Origins of Greek Civili...)

Everywhere within the common pattern , however , one finds local diversity ; Greek history and culture were enduringly fertilized , and plagued , by the interplay of these conjoined yet opposed factors .

Synonyms pattern Related Terms exemplar model

7. pattern [ n ] something intended as a guide for making something else
Examples: "a blueprint for a house" "a pattern for a skirt"

Used in print:

(Max F. Millikan and Donald L. M. Blackmer,...)

Isolated enterprises have been launched , but they are not_yet related to each other in a meaningful pattern .

Synonyms design pattern blueprint Related Terms plan model

8. pattern [ n ] graphical representation (in polar or cartesian coordinates) of the spatial distribution of radiation from an antenna as a function of angle

Synonyms radiation_diagram radiation_pattern pattern Related Terms graph lobe

9. pattern [ v ] form a pattern
Examples: "These sentences pattern like the ones we studied before"

Synonyms pattern Related Terms match traffic_pattern

10. pattern [ n ] the path that is prescribed for an airplane that is preparing to land at an airport
Examples: "the traffic patterns around O'Hare are very crowded" "they stayed in the pattern until the fog lifted"

Synonyms approach_pattern pattern traffic_pattern Related Terms path approach_path

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