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English noun: pattern

1. pattern (cognition) a perceptual structure


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


Synonymsform, shape


Broader (hypernym)structure


Narrower (hyponym)fractal, gestalt, grid, kaleidoscope, mosaic, strand


Part meronympercept, perception, perceptual experience

2. pattern (act) a customary way of operation or behavior


SamplesIt is their practice to give annual raises.
They changed their dietary pattern.


Synonymspractice


Broader (hypernym)activity


Narrower (hyponym)biologism, calisthenics, callisthenics, cannibalism, careerism, cooperation, cross dressing, custom, fashion, featherbedding, formalism, habitude, lobbyism, lynch law, mistreatment, modernism, naturism, nonconformism, nudism, occult, occult arts, one-upmanship, ornamentalism, papism, peonage, pluralism, popery, quotation, ritual, ritualism, slaveholding, slavery, symbolisation, symbolism, symbolization, systematism, transvestism, transvestitism, unwritten law, usage, usance

3. pattern (artifact) a decorative or artistic work


SamplesThe coach had a design on the doors.


Synonymsdesign, figure


Broader (hypernym)decoration, ornament, ornamentation


Narrower (hyponym)argyle, argyll, bear claw, damascene, decal, decalcomania, device, emblem, herringbone, herringbone pattern, linocut, mandala, marking, mihrab, motif, motive, polka dot, pyrograph, screen saver, sunburst, tattoo, tetraskele, tetraskelion, triskele, triskelion, weave

4. pattern (cognition) something regarded as a normative example


SamplesThe convention of not naming the main character.
Violence is the rule not the exception.
His formula for impressing visitors.


Synonymsconvention, formula, normal, rule


Broader (hypernym)practice


Narrower (hyponym)code of behavior, code of conduct, mores, universal

5. pattern (cognition) a model considered worthy of imitation


SamplesThe American constitution has provided a pattern for many republics.


Broader (hypernym)example, exemplar, good example, model

6. pattern (cognition) something intended as a guide for making something else


SamplesA blueprint for a house.
A pattern for a skirt.


Synonymsblueprint, design


Broader (hypernym)plan, program, programme

7. pattern (location) the path that is prescribed for an airplane that is preparing to land at an airport


SamplesThe traffic patterns around O'Hare are very crowded.
They stayed in the pattern until the fog lifted.


Synonymsapproach pattern, traffic pattern


Broader (hypernym)itinerary, path, route


Part holonymapproach, approach path, glide path, glide slope

8. pattern (communication) graphical representation (in polar or Cartesian coordinates) of the spatial distribution of radiation from an antenna as a function of angle


Synonymsradiation diagram, radiation pattern


Broader (hypernym)graph, graphical record


Part holonymlobe


English verb: pattern

1. pattern (creation) plan or create according to a model or models


Synonymsmodel


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)copy, imitate, simulate


Narrower (hyponym)scale, sovietise, sovietize

2. pattern (stative) form a pattern


SamplesThese sentences pattern like the ones we studied before.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP


Broader (hypernym)agree, check, correspond, fit, gibe, jibe, match, tally









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