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From earlier patten, paterne, from Middle English patron ("patron; example"), from Old French patron, from Medieval Latin patr?nus ("patron"). Doublet of patron.
pattern (plural patterns)
- Model, example.
- Something from which a copy is made; a model or outline. [from 14th c.]
- 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. [from 15th c.]
- 1946, Bertrand Russell, History of Western Philosophy, I.16:
- The Platonic Socrates was a pattern to subsequent philosophers for many ages.
- (now rare) A copy. [from 15th c.]
- (now only numismatics) A sample; of coins, an example which was struck but never minted. [from 16th c.]
- A representative example. [from 16th c.]
- (US) The material needed to make a piece of clothing. [from 17th c.]
- (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
- A design, motif or decoration, especially formed from regular repeated elements. [from 16th c.]
- 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. [from 19th c.]
- 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. [from 19th c.]
- 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. [from 19th c.]
- 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.
- (computing, music) A sequence of notes, percussion etc. in a tracker module, usable once or many times within the song.
that from which a copy is made
- Arabic: m (numaj)
- Basque: eredu, adibide
- Catalan: mostra (ca) f, model (ca) m, patró (ca)
- Mandarin: (zh) (móshì), (zh), (zh) (yàngshì), (zh), (zh) (múyàng)
- Czech: vzor (cs)
- Dutch: sjabloon (nl) m or f
- Finnish: alkuperäinen (fi), originaali (fi), malli (fi)
- French: modèle (fr) m
- Galician: modelo m
- German: Muster (de) n, Schablone (de) f, Modell (de) n
- Greek: ? (el) n (prótypo), (el) n (ypódeigma)
- Ancient: ? n (parádeigma)
- Hungarian: sablon (hu)
- Indonesian: pola (id)
- Italian: modello (it) m
- Japanese: ? (ja) (, kata), ? (ja) (pat?n), (ja) (?, y?shiki)
- Latin: exemplar (la) n
- Lithuanian: ?ablonas (lt) m
- Macedonian: ? (mk) m (?ablón), f (mostra), ? f (?ema)
- Maori: matua
- Persian: ? (fa) (olgu)
- Portuguese: molde (pt) m, modelo (pt) m
- Romanian: model (ro) n, ?ablon (ro) n
- Russian: (ru) m (obrazéc), ? (ru) m (?ablón), ? (ru) f (modél?), ? (ru) m (primér), (stencil) (ru) m (trafarét), ? (ru) n (lekálo)
- Spanish: molde (es), patrón (es) m, modelo (es)
- Swedish: mönster (sv) n, mall (sv) c
- Tagalog: hulwaran
- Thai: (th) n (kràsw?n)
- Turkish: kal?p (tr), ?ablon (tr)
intelligible arrangement which has a mathematical, geometric, statistical etc. relationship
the paper or cardboard template from which the parts of a garment are traced onto fabric prior to cutting out
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout#Translations.
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pattern (third-person singular simple present patterns, present participle patterning, simple past and past participle patterned)
- 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.
- (Can we date this quote by Sir T. Herbert and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
- [A temple] patterned from that which Adam reared in Paradise.
- To follow an example.
- To fit into a pattern.
- (transitive) To serve as an example for.