What is the meaning of pattern?


  • A perceptual structure.
    • usage: "the composition presents problems for students of musical form"; "a visual pattern must include not only objects but the spaces between them"
  • A customary way of operation or behavior.
    • usage: "it is their practice to give annual raises"; "they changed their dietary pattern"
  • A decorative or artistic work.
    • usage: "the coach had a design on the doors"
  • Something regarded as a normative example.
    • usage: "the convention of not naming the main character"; "violence is the rule not the exception"; "his formula for impressing visitors"
  • A model considered worthy of imitation.
    • usage: "the American constitution has provided a pattern for many republics"
  • Something intended as a guide for making something else.
    • usage: "a blueprint for a house"; "a pattern for a skirt"
  • The path that is prescribed for an airplane that is preparing to land at an airport.
    • usage: "the traffic patterns around O'Hare are very crowded"; "they stayed in the pattern until the fog lifted"
  • Graphical representation (in polar or Cartesian coordinates) of the spatial distribution of radiation from an antenna as a function of angle.


  • Plan or create according to a model or models.
  • Form a pattern.
    • usage: "These sentences pattern like the ones we studied before"
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