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Definition 1: a customary way of operation or behavior - [noun denoting act]

Samples where pattern or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • it is their practice to give annual raises
  • they changed their dietary pattern

Synonyms for pattern in the sense of this definition

(pattern is a kind of ...) any specific behavior

"they avoided all recreational activity"

(... is a kind of pattern ) the practice of owning slaves

(... is a kind of pattern ) the practice of making a debtor work for his creditor until the debt is discharged

(... is a kind of pattern ) law based on customary behavior

(... is a kind of pattern ) the practice of punishing people by hanging without due process of law

(... is a kind of pattern ) the practice of treating (someone or something) badly

"he should be punished for his mistreatment of his mother"

(... is a kind of pattern ) the practice of nonconformity

(... is a kind of pattern ) the practice of calisthenic exercises

"calisthenics is recommended for general good health"

(... is a kind of pattern ) offensive terms for the practices and rituals of the Roman Catholic Church

(... is a kind of pattern ) the practice of quoting from books or plays etc.

"since he lacks originality he must rely on quotation"

(... is a kind of pattern ) the prescribed procedure for conducting religious ceremonies

(... is a kind of pattern ) exaggerated emphasis on the importance of rites or ritualistic forms in worship

(... is a kind of pattern ) going without clothes as a social practice

(... is a kind of pattern ) the habitual practice of systematization and classification

(... is a kind of pattern ) the practice of lobbying; the activities of a lobbyist

(... is a kind of pattern ) characteristic or habitual practice

(... is a kind of pattern ) habitual mode of behavior

(... is a kind of pattern ) use of biological principles in explaining human especially social behavior

(... is a kind of pattern ) the practice of cooperating

"economic cooperation" "they agreed on a policy of cooperation"

(... is a kind of pattern ) the practice (usually by a labor union) of requiring an employer to hire more workers than are required

(... is a kind of pattern ) the practice of scrupulous adherence to prescribed or external forms

(... is a kind of pattern ) the practice of keeping one jump ahead of a friend or competitor

(... is a kind of pattern ) the practice of one person holding more than one benefice at a time

(... is a kind of pattern ) the practice of investing things with symbolic meaning

(... is a kind of pattern ) practices typical of contemporary life or thought

(... is a kind of pattern ) supernatural practices and techniques

"he is a student of the occult"

(... is a kind of pattern ) the practice of ornamental display

(... is a kind of pattern ) the practice of eating the flesh of your own kind

(... is a kind of pattern ) the practice of advancing your career at the expense of your personal integrity

(... is a kind of pattern ) accepted or habitual practice

(... is a kind of pattern ) the practice of adopting the clothes or the manner or the sexual role of the opposite sex

Definition 2: a decorative or artistic work - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where pattern or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the coach had a design on the doors

Synonyms for pattern in the sense of this definition

(pattern is a kind of ...) something used to beautify

(... is a kind of pattern ) a design consisting of a pattern of varicolored diamonds on a solid background (originally for knitted articles); patterned after the tartan of a clan in western Scotland

(... is a kind of pattern ) design consisting of a pattern of regularly spaced circular spots

(... is a kind of pattern ) a design produced by pyrography

(... is a kind of pattern ) (computer science) a moving design that appears on a computer screen when there has been no input for a specified period of time

"screen savers prevent the damage that occurs when the same areas of light and dark are displayed too long"

(... is a kind of pattern ) a design consisting of a central disk resembling the sun and rays emanating from it

(... is a kind of pattern ) a design on the skin made by tattooing

(... is a kind of pattern ) a figure consisting of four stylized human arms or legs (or bent lines) radiating from a center

(... is a kind of pattern ) a figure consisting of three stylized human arms or legs (or three bent lines) radiating from a center

(... is a kind of pattern ) pattern of weaving or structure of a fabric

(... is a kind of pattern ) a design or figure that consists of recurring shapes or colors, as in architecture or decoration

(... is a kind of pattern ) (Islam) a design in the shape of niche in a Muslim prayer rug; during worship the niche must be pointed toward Mecca

(... is a kind of pattern ) an incised design resembling the claw of a bear; used in Native American pottery

(... is a kind of pattern ) a design produced by inlaying gold or silver into steel

(... is a kind of pattern ) either a design that is fixed to some surface or a paper bearing the design which is to be transferred to the surface

(... is a kind of pattern ) any ornamental pattern or design (as in embroidery)

(... is a kind of pattern ) special design or visual object representing a quality, type, group, etc.

(... is a kind of pattern ) 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; it is used in weaving, masonry, parquetry, embroidery

(... is a kind of pattern ) a design carved in relief into a block of linoleum

(... is a kind of pattern ) any of various geometric designs (usually circular) symbolizing the universe; used chiefly in Hinduism and Buddhism as an aid to meditation

(... is a kind of pattern ) a pattern of marks

Definition 3: a perceptual structure - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where pattern or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the composition presents problems for students of musical form
  • a visual pattern must include not only objects but the spaces between them

Synonyms for pattern in the sense of this definition

(pattern is a kind of ...) the complex composition of knowledge as elements and their combinations

"his lectures have no structure"

(... is a kind of pattern ) (mathematics) a geometric pattern that is repeated at every scale and so cannot be represented by classical geometry

(... is a kind of pattern ) a configuration or pattern of elements so unified as a whole that it cannot be described merely as a sum of its parts

(... is a kind of pattern ) a pattern of regularly spaced horizontal and vertical lines

(... is a kind of pattern ) a complex pattern of constantly changing colors and shapes

(... is a kind of pattern ) a pattern resembling a mosaic

(... is a kind of pattern ) a pattern forming a unity within a larger structural whole

"he tried to pick up the strands of his former life" "I could hear several melodic strands simultaneously"

(... is part of pattern) the representation of what is perceived; basic component in the formation of a concept

Definition 4: a model considered worthy of imitation - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where pattern or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the American constitution has provided a pattern for many republics

(pattern is a kind of ...) something to be imitated

"an exemplar of success" "a model of clarity" "he is the very model of a modern major general"

Definition 5: something intended as a guide for making something else - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where pattern or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a blueprint for a house
  • a pattern for a skirt

Synonyms for pattern in the sense of this definition

(pattern is a kind of ...) a series of steps to be carried out or goals to be accomplished

"they drew up a six-step plan" "they discussed plans for a new bond issue"

Definition 6: something regarded as a normative example - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where pattern or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the convention of not naming the main character
  • violence is the rule not the exception
  • his formula for impressing visitors

Synonyms for pattern in the sense of this definition

(pattern is a kind of ...) knowledge of how something is usually done

"it is not the local practice to wear shorts to dinner"

(... is a kind of pattern ) (sociology) the conventions that embody the fundamental values of a group

(... is a kind of pattern ) a set of conventional principles and expectations that are considered binding on any person who is a member of a particular group

(... is a kind of pattern ) a behavioral convention or pattern characteristic of all members of a particular culture or of all human beings

"some form of religion seems to be a human universal"

Definition 7: graphical representation (in polar or Cartesian coordinates) of the spatial distribution of radiation from an antenna as a function of angle - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for pattern in the sense of this definition

(pattern is a kind of ...) a visual representation of the relations between certain quantities, represented as points, plotted with reference to a set of axes

(pattern is a part of ...) the enhanced response of an antenna in a given direction as indicated by a loop in its radiation pattern

Definition 8: the path that is prescribed for an airplane that is preparing to land at an airport - [noun denoting location]

Samples where pattern or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the traffic patterns around O'Hare are very crowded
  • they stayed in the pattern until the fog lifted

Synonyms for pattern in the sense of this definition

(pattern is a kind of ...) an established line of travel or access

(pattern is a part of ...) the final path followed by an aircraft as it is landing

Definition 9: plan or create according to a model or models - [verb of creation]

Synonyms for pattern in the sense of this definition

(pattern is a kind of ...) reproduce someone's behavior or looks

"The mime imitated the passers-by" "Children often copy their parents or older siblings"

(... is a kind of pattern ) pattern, make, regulate, set, measure, or estimate according to some rate or standard

(... is a kind of pattern ) model a country's social, political, and economic structure on the Soviet Union

"Castro sovietized Cuba"

Definition 10: form a pattern - [verb of stative]

Samples where pattern or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • These sentences pattern like the ones we studied before

(pattern is a kind of ...) be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics

"The two stories don't agree in many details" "The handwriting checks with the signature on the check" "The suspect's fingerprints don't match those on the gun"

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