Pattern vs Muster - What's the difference?

pattern | muster |

As nouns the difference between pattern and muster

is that pattern is model, example while muster is gathering.

As verbs the difference between pattern and muster

is that pattern is to apply a pattern while muster is (obsolete) to show, exhibit.



(en noun)
  • Model, example.
  • # Something from which a copy is made; a model or outline.
  • #* 1923 , ‘President Wilson’, Time , 18 Jun 1923:
  • There is no reason why all colleges and universities should be cut to the same pattern .
  • # Someone or something seen as an example to be imitated; an exemplar.
  • #* 1946 , Bertrand Russell, History of Western Philosophy , I.16:
  • The Platonic Socrates was a pattern to subsequent philosophers for many ages.
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  • # A representative example.
  • # (US) The material needed to make a piece of clothing.
  • # (textiles) The paper or cardboard template from which the parts of a garment are traced onto fabric prior to cutting out and assembling.
  • # (metalworking, dated) A full-sized model around which a mould of sand is made, to receive the melted metal. It is usually made of wood and in several parts, so as to be removed from the mould without damage.
  • # (computing) A text string containing wildcards, used for matching.
  • There were no files matching the pattern *.txt.
  • Decorative arrangement.
  • # A design, motif or decoration, especially formed from regular repeated elements.
  • #* 2003 , Valentino, ‘Is there a future in fashion's past?’, Time , 5 Feb 2003:
  • On my way to work the other day, I stopped at a church in Rome and saw a painting of the Madonna. The subtle pattern of blues and golds in the embroidery of her dress was so amazing that I used it to design a new evening dress for my haute couture.
  • # A naturally-occurring or random arrangement of shapes, colours etc. which have a regular or decorative effect.
  • #* 2011 , Rachel Cooke, The Observer , 19 Jun 2011:
  • He lifted the entire joint or fowl up into the air, speared on a carving fork, and sliced pieces off it so that they fell on the plate below in perfectly organised patterns .
  • # The given spread, range etc. of shot fired from a gun.
  • # 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.
  • #* 1980 , ‘Shifting Targets’, Time , 6 Oct 1980:
  • The three killings pointed to an ugly new shift in the enduring pattern of violence in Northern Ireland: the mostly Protestant Ulster police, or those suspected of affiliation with them, have become more prominent targets for the I.R.A. than the British troops.
  • #* 2003 , Kate Hudson, The Guardian , 14 Aug 2003:
  • Look again at how the US and its allies behaved then, and the pattern is unmistakable.
  • # (linguistics) An intelligible arrangement in a given area of language.
  • Synonyms

    * original (1) * stencil (1) * tessellation (2) * category (3) * cycle (4) * similarity (5) * See also


    * antipattern

    Derived terms

    * design pattern


    (en verb)
  • to apply a pattern
  • To make or design (anything) by, from, or after, something that serves as a pattern; to copy; to model; to imitate.
  • * Sir T. Herbert
  • [A temple] patterned from that which Adam reared in Paradise.
  • to follow an example
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  • to fit into a pattern
  • To serve as an example for.
  • Synonyms

    * model * categorize (2)




    (en noun)
  • Gathering.
  • # An assemblage or display; a gathering, collection of people or things.
  • #* 1743 , Joseph Steele & Richard Addison, The Lucubrations of Isaac Bickerstaff, Esq. :
  • She seems to hear the Repetition of his Mens Names with Admiration; and waits only to answer him with as false a Muster of Lovers.
  • #* Macaulay
  • Of the temporal grandees of the realm, and of their wives and daughters, the muster was great and splendid.
  • #* 1920 , Commonwealth Bureau of Census and Statistics, Official Year Book of the Commonwealth of Australia , Issue 13,
  • The figures from 1788 to 1825 inclusive, as already mentioned, are based on the musters taken in those years; those for subsequent years are based upon estimates made on the basis of Census results and the annual.
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  • #* 1598 , William Shakespeare, King Henry IV, Part 1 :
  • Come, let vs take a muster speedily: / Doomesday is neere; dye all, dye merrily.
  • #* 1663 , Samuel Pepys, Diary , 4 Jul 1663:
  • And after long being there, I 'light, and walked to the place where the King, Duke &c., did stand to see the horse and foot march by and discharge their guns, to show a French Marquisse (for whom this muster was caused) the goodness of our firemen
  • # The sum total of an army when assembled for review and inspection; the whole number of effective men in an army.
  • #* Wyclif
  • The muster was thirty thousands of men.
  • #* Hooker
  • Ye publish the musters of your own bands, and proclaim them to amount of thousands.
  • # (Australia, New Zealand) A roundup of livestock for inspection, branding, drenching, shearing etc.
  • #* 2006 , John Gilfoyle, Bloody Jackaroos! , Boolarong Press:
  • McGuire took the two of them out to Kidman's Bore on the Sylvester River where about two dozen stockmen from different stations had gathered to tend the muster along the edge of the Simpson Desert.
  • Showing.
  • # (obsolete) Something shown for imitation; a pattern.
  • # (obsolete) An act of showing something; a display.
  • #* 1590 , Sir Philip Sidney, Arcadia , Book III:
  • Thus all things being condignely ordered, will an ill favoured impatiencie he waited, until the next morning he might make a muster of him selfe in the Iland [...].
  • #* 1647 , Beaumont and Fletcher, The Queen of Corinth , Act 2:
  • And when you find your women's favour fail, / 'Tis ten to one you'll know yourself, and seek me, / Upon a better muster of your manners.
  • # A collection of peafowl (an invented term rather than one used by zoologists).
  • Derived terms

    * pass muster * bangtail muster


    (en verb)
  • (obsolete) To show, exhibit.
  • To be gathered together for parade, inspection, exercise, or the like (especially of a military force); to come together as parts of a force or body.
  • To collect, call or assemble together, such as troops or a group for inspection, orders, display etc.
  • * 12 July 2012 , Sam Adams, AV Club Ice Age: Continental Drift
  • With the help of some low-end boosting, Dinklage musters a decent amount of kid-appropriate menace—although he never does explain his gift for finding chunks of ice shaped like pirate ships—but Romano and Leary mainly sound bored, droning through their lines as if they’re simultaneously texting the contractors building the additions on their houses funded by their fat sequel paychecks.
  • (US) To enroll (into service).
  • Synonyms

    * (l)

    Derived terms

    * muster in * muster out * muster up


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