1. [ noun ] a perceptual structure
Synonyms: form shape

"the composition presents problems for students of musical form" "a visual pattern must include not only objects but the spaces between them"

Related terms: structure strand gestalt mosaic fractal percept shape
2. [ noun ] a customary way of operation or behavior
Synonyms: practice

"it is their practice to give annual raises" "they changed their dietary 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. [ noun ] a decorative or artistic work
Synonyms: design figure

"the coach had a design on the doors"

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. [ noun ] something regarded as a normative example
Synonyms: rule convention formula normal

"the convention of not naming the main character" "violence is the rule not the exception" "his formula for impressing visitors"

Related terms: practice code_of_conduct mores formularize
5. [ verb ] plan or create according to a model or models
Synonyms: model
Related terms: imitate imitate scale sovietize model model model modeler
6. [ noun ] a model considered worthy of imitation

"the American constitution has provided a pattern for many republics"

Related terms: exemplar model
7. [ noun ] something intended as a guide for making something else
Synonyms: design blueprint

"a blueprint for a house" "a pattern for a skirt"

Related terms: plan model
8. [ noun ] graphical representation (in polar or cartesian coordinates) of the spatial distribution of radiation from an antenna as a function of angle
Synonyms: radiation_pattern radiation_diagram
Related terms: graph lobe
9. [ verb ] form a pattern

"These sentences pattern like the ones we studied before"

Related terms: match traffic_pattern
10. [ noun ] (transportation) the path that is prescribed for an airplane that is preparing to land at an airport
Synonyms: approach_pattern traffic_pattern

"the traffic patterns around O'Hare are very crowded" "they stayed in the pattern until the fog lifted"

Related terms: path approach_path
Similar spelling:   patterned