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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.


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


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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