|1.||[ noun ] 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"
|Related terms:||structure strand gestalt mosaic fractal percept shape|
|2.||[ noun ] a customary way of operation or behavior|
"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|
"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|
|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|
"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|
|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|
"the traffic patterns around O'Hare are very crowded" "they stayed in the pattern until the fog lifted"
|Related terms:||path approach_path|