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spoken English24.88%written English75.12% imaginative writing20.17%informational writing79.83%

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Definition of the noun pattern

What does pattern mean as a name of something?

Pattern is one of the top 1000 most common nouns. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 1000 most common nouns in informational written English.View more statistics!

noun - plural: patterns

  1. a perceptual structure
    • example: a visual pattern must include not only objects but the spaces between them
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonyms of pattern: form / shape
    • more generic word: structure = the complex composition of knowledge as elements and their combinations
    • more specific words:
      • fractal = a geometric pattern that is repeated at every scale and so cannot be represented by classical geometry
      • gestalt = a configuration or pattern of elements so unified as a whole that it cannot be described merely as a sum of its parts
      • grid = a pattern of regularly spaced horizontal and vertical lines
      • kaleidoscope = a complex pattern of constantly changing colors and shapes
      • mosaic = a pattern resembling a mosaic
      • strand = a pattern forming a unity within a larger structural whole
    • part of: percept / perception / perceptual experience = the representation of what is perceived
  2. a customary way of operation or behavior
    • example: they changed their dietary pattern
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of pattern: practice
    • more generic word: activity = any specific behavior
    • more specific terms:
      • biologism = use of biological principles in explaining human especially social behavior
      • cooperation = the practice of cooperating
      • featherbedding = the practice (usually by a labor union) of requiring an employer to hire more workers than are required
      • formalism = the practice of scrupulous adherence to prescribed or external forms
      • one-upmanship = the practice of keeping one jump ahead of a friend or competitor
      • pluralism = the practice of one person holding more than one benefice at a time
      • symbolisation / symbolization / symbolism = the practice of investing things with symbolic meaning
      • modernism = practices typical of contemporary life or thought
      • occult arts / occult = supernatural practices and techniques
      • ornamentalism = the practice of ornamental display
      • cannibalism = the practice of eating the flesh of your own kind
      • careerism = the practice of advancing your career at the expense of your personal integrity
      • custom / usance / usage = accepted or habitual practice
      • habitude = habitual mode of behavior
      • fashion = characteristic or habitual practice
      • lobbyism = the practice of lobbying
      • slaveholding / slavery = the practice of owning slaves
      • peonage = the practice of making a debtor work for his creditor until the debt is discharged
      • unwritten law = law based on customary behavior
      • lynch law = the practice of punishing people by hanging without due process of law
      • mistreatment = the practice of treating (someone or something) badly
      • nonconformism = the practice of nonconformity
      • callisthenics / calisthenics = the practice of calisthenic exercises
      • papism / popery = offensive terms for the practices and rituals of the Roman Catholic Church
      • quotation = the practice of quoting from books or plays etc.
      • ritual = the prescribed procedure for conducting religious ceremonies
      • ritualism = exaggerated emphasis on the importance of rites or ritualistic forms in worship
      • naturism / nudism = going without clothes as a social practice
      • systematism = the habitual practice of systematization and classification
      • cross dressing / transvestitism / transvestism = the practice of adopting the clothes or the manner or the sexual role of the opposite sex
  3. a decorative or artistic work
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of pattern: design / figure
    • more generic words: decoration / ornament / ornamentation = something used to beautify
    • more specific terms:
      • argyle / argyll = a design consisting of a pattern of varicolored diamonds on a solid background
      • bear claw = an incised design resembling the claw of a bear
      • damascene = a design produced by inlaying gold or silver into steel
      • decalcomania / decal = either a design that is fixed to some surface or a paper bearing the design which is to be transferred to the surface
      • device = any ornamental pattern or design
      • emblem = special design or visual object representing a quality, type, group, etc.
      • herringbone pattern / herringbone = a pattern of columns of short parallel lines with all the lines in one column sloping one way and lines in adjacent columns sloping the other way
      • linocut = a design carved in relief into a block of linoleum
      • mandala = any of various geometric designs (usually circular) symbolizing the universe
      • mihrab = a design in the shape of niche in a Muslim prayer rug
      • motive / motif = a design or figure that consists of recurring shapes or colors, as in architecture or decoration
      • polka dot = design consisting of a pattern of regularly spaced circular spots
      • pyrograph = a design produced by pyrography
      • screen saver = a moving design that appears on a computer screen when there has been no input for a specified period of time
      • sunburst = a design consisting of a central disk resembling the sun and rays emanating from it
      • tattoo = a design on the skin made by tattooing
      • tetraskelion / tetraskele = a figure consisting of four stylized human arms or legs (or bent lines) radiating from a center
      • triskelion / triskele = a figure consisting of three stylized human arms or legs (or three bent lines) radiating from a center
      • weave = pattern of weaving or structure of a fabric
      • marking = a pattern of marks
  4. something regarded as a normative example
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonyms of pattern: convention / formula / normal / rule
    • more generic word: practice = knowledge of how something is usually done
    • more specific terms:
      • mores = the conventions that embody the fundamental values of a group
      • code of behavior / code of conduct = a set of conventional principles and expectations that are considered binding on any person who is a member of a particular group
      • universal = a behavioral convention or pattern characteristic of all members of a particular culture or of all human beings
  5. a model considered worthy of imitation
  6. something intended as a guide for making something else
  7. the path that is prescribed for an airplane that is preparing to land at an airport
  8. graphical representation (in polar or Cartesian coordinates) of the spatial distribution of radiation from an antenna as a function of angle

Alternative definition of the noun pattern


  1. Model, example.
  2. Something from which a copy is made; a model or outline. [definition from 14th c.]
  3. Someone or something seen as an example to be imitated; an exemplar. [definition from 15th c.]
  4. [context: now rare] A copy. [definition from 15th c.]
  5. [context: now only numismatics] A sample; of coins, an example which was struck but never minted. [definition from 16th c.]
  6. A representative example. [definition from 16th c.]
  7. [US] The material needed to make a piece of clothing. [definition from 17th c.]
  8. Decorative arrangement.
  9. A design, motif or decoration, especially formed from regular repeated elements. [definition from 16th c.]
  10. A naturally-occurring or random arrangement of shapes, colours etc. which have a regular or decorative effect. [definition from 19th c.]
  11. The given spread, range etc. of shot fired from a gun. [definition from 19th c.]
  12. A particular sequence of events, facts etc. which can be understood, used to predict the future, or seen to have a mathematical, geometric, statistical etc. relationship. [definition from 19th c.]
  13. [linguistics] An intelligible arrangement in a given area of language.

Specialised definition of the noun pattern

Glossary of sports / synchronized swimming

a formation of team members in which they are all in the same position or in alternating positions

Definition of the verb pattern

What does pattern mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: patterned | patterning | patterns

  1. plan or create according to a model or models
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • synonym of pattern: model
    • more generic words: copy / imitate / simulate = reproduce someone's behavior or looks
    • more specific words:
      • scale = pattern, make, regulate, set, measure, or estimate according to some rate or standard
      • sovietise / sovietize = model a country's social, political, and economic structure on the Soviet Union
  2. form a pattern
    • example: These sentences pattern like the ones we studied before
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic words: agree / check / correspond / fit / gibe / jibe / match / tally = be compatible, similar or consistent

Alternative definition of the verb pattern


  1. to apply a pattern
  2. to follow an example
  3. to fit into a pattern


Pattern a.k.a. The Pattern was an American punk garage rock band based in Oakland, California from 2000 to 2004.


  1. "Pattern" is a musical album of Robin Judge.
    • released on (11 years ago)
  2. "Pattern" is a musical album of Tone Janša Quartet.
    • released in (37 years ago)


  1. "Pattern" is a book published in 2002 that was written by K. J. Parker.
    • language: English Language
    • released in (14 years ago)
  2. "Pattern" is a book by William Justema.
    • also known as "Pattern: a historical panorama"


"Pattern" is a temporary, site-specific public artwork by American artist Paula Schulze, located on the exterior of the former A.O. Smith office building near West Hopkins Street and North 27th Street in the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The artwork, which consists of a series of curved, orange patterns painted on wood panels, was installed in September 2010.

  • completed in (6 years ago)


Pattern is a record label.


  1. Pattern: A pattern, apart from the term's use to mean "Template", is a discernible regularity in the world or in a manmade design. As such, the elements of a pattern repeat in a predictable manner. A geometric pattern is a kind of pattern formed of geometric shapes and typically repeating like a wallpaper.
  2. Pattern: A pattern in sewing and fashion design is the paper or cardboard template from which the parts of a garment are traced onto fabric before cutting out and assembling.
    • also known as шаблон
  3. Pattern: In casting, a pattern is a replica of the object to be cast, used to prepare the cavity into which molten material will be poured during the casting process.
  4. Pattern in architecture is the idea of capturing architectural design ideas as archetypal and reusable descriptions. The term "pattern" in this context is usually attributed to Christopher Alexander, an Austrian born American architect. The patterns serve as an aid to design cities and buildings. The concept of having collections of "patterns", or typical samples as such, is much older. One can think of these collections as forming a pattern language, whereas the elements of this language may be combined, governed by certain rules.
  5. Pattern: A pattern in Irish Roman Catholicism refers to the devotions that take place within a parish on the feast day of the patron saint of the parish, on that date, or the nearest Sunday, called Pattern Sunday.

Phrases with Pattern

Phrases starting with the word Pattern:

  1. pattern-bomb
  2. Pattern Board
  3. Pattern Maker
  4. Pattern Baldness

Phrases ending with the word Pattern:

  1. Eye pattern
  2. key pattern
  3. Test Pattern
  4. Moiré pattern
  5. tonal pattern
  6. Design pattern
  7. Social Pattern
  8. speech pattern
  9. willow-pattern
  10. holding pattern
  11. traffic pattern
  12. approach pattern
  13. rhythmic pattern
  14. Flyweight pattern
  15. radiation pattern
  16. Durational Pattern

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Pattern

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Google previewNeural Control of Movement (2012)

by W.R. Ferrell, Uwe Proske

Second, pattern is a characteristic of these two spaces as well.

Google previewClaire Shaeffer's Fabric Sewing Guide (2008)

by Claire Shaeffer

Since the plaid pattern is a rectangle, not a perfect square, it is an uneven plaid. ( Fabric from Sawyer Brook Distinctive...

Google previewAntenna and Wave Propagation (2007)

by Vijay Kumar Salvia

the total field pattern is the sum of a series of terms of increasing order in the same way that the waveform of an alternating current may be represented as a Fourier series involving a constant term, a fundamental term and higher ...

Google previewSoftware Architecture Design Patterns in Java (2004)

by Partha Kuchana

A design pattern is a documented best practice or core of a solution that has been applied successfully in multiple...

MORE ABOUT DESIGN PATTERNS A design pattern is an effective means to convey/communicate what has been learned ...

Google previewInformation, Computer and Application Engineering (2015)

Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Technology and Computer Application Engineering (ITCAE 2014), Hong Kong, China, 10-11 December 2014 by Hsiang-Chuan Liu, Wen-Pei Sung, Wenli Yao

Circular vortex pattern is the nature of many natural phenomena variant abstraction, such as day, month, water and so on. As Machang type of pottery in a spiral pattern as the sun maneuver between sports, continuous cycle of meaning; ...

Google previewThe Churchman's shilling magazine and family treasury, conducted by R.H. Baynes

by Robert Hall Baynes

Phrase or Word Pattern is that which results from the recurrence of a particular word or short sequence of words, and is a...

Google previewHenley's Encyclopaedia of Practical Engineering and Allied Trades ... (1908)

generally cast from an original wood pattern on which double shrinkage has been allowed. The wood generally used for patterns is yellow pine. When extra endurance is required mahogany is employed, but chiefly for small work. Other woods ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of GIS (2007)

by Shashi Shekhar, Hui Xiong

Rochester, MN, USA Synonyms Spatial association pattern; Collocation pattern Definition A (spatial) co-location pattern P can be modeled by an undirected connected graph where each node ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Computer Science and Technology (1979)

Volume 12 - Pattern Recognition: Structural Description Languages to Reliability of Computer Systems by Jack Belzer, Albert G. Holzman, Allen Kent

Volume 12 - Pattern Recognition: Structural Description Languages to Reliability of Computer Systems Jack Belzer, Albert G.

PATTERN RECOGNITION University and Dr. David Rothenberg of Temple University deserve special thanks for ...

Google previewDictionary of Information Science and Technology (2012)

by Mehdi Khosrowpour

' Pattern Noise Persistent Link ' Personal Decision Support System (PDSS) Personal Knowledge. include incident reporting and patient safety data management and utilization to assess, analyze, ...

Google previewMental Health and Mental Disorders: An Encyclopedia of Conditions, Treatments, and Well-Being [3 volumes] (2015)

An Encyclopedia of Conditions, Treatments, and Well-Being by Len Sperry

Pattern is the predictable, consistent, and self-perpetuating style and manner in which individuals think, feel, act, cope, and defend themselves. • Psychotherapy is a psychological method for achieving desired changes in thinking, feeling, and ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Business Analytics and Optimization (2014)

by Wang, John

Pattern. Warehouse: 1799 Vivek Tiwari Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, India Ramjeevan Singh Thakur Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, India INTRODUCTION Today's world produces an enormous amount of ...

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Usage statistics about pattern

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Usage statistics for the noun pattern:

spoken English24.88%written English75.12% imaginative writing20.17%informational writing79.83%

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Quotes about Pattern

Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern. (Alfred North Whitehead)
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Scrabble value of P3A1T1T1E1R1N1

The value of this 7-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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