# Something from which a copy is made; a model or outline.
#* 1923 , ‘President Wilson’, Time , 18 Jun 1923:
# Someone or something seen as an example to be imitated; an exemplar.
#* 1946 , Bertrand Russell, History of Western Philosophy , I.16:
- There is no reason why all colleges and universities should be cut to the same pattern .
# 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.
- The Platonic Socrates was a pattern to subsequent philosophers for many ages.
# 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:
- There were no files matching the pattern
# 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:
- 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.
# 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:
- 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 .
#* 2003 , Kate Hudson, The Guardian , 14 Aug 2003:
- 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.
# (linguistics) An intelligible arrangement in a given area of language.
- Look again at how the US and its allies behaved then, and the pattern is unmistakable.
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* See also
* design pattern
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
to follow an example
to fit into a pattern
To serve as an example for.
- [A temple] patterned from that which Adam reared in Paradise.
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