What is pattern?

  • (noun): Something intended as a guide for making something else.
    Example: "A pattern for a skirt"
    Synonyms: blueprint, design
    See also — Additional definitions below

Pattern

A pattern, from the French patron, is a type of theme of recurring events or objects, sometimes referred to as elements of a set of objects.

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Burmese Python - Captivity - Variations
... The Burmese python is frequently captive-bred for colour, pattern, and more recently size ... They are white with patterns in butterscotch yellow and burnt orange ... There are also "labyrinth" specimens, which have mazelike patterns khaki-coloured "green" and "granite", which have many small angular spots ...
Rolls-Royce Armoured Car - Variants
... 1920 Pattern Mk I - thicker radiator armour and new wheels. 1920 Pattern Mk IA - commander's cupola. 1924 Pattern Mk I - turret with commander's cupola ...
Piebald
... A piebald or pied animal is one that has a spotting pattern of large unpigmented, usually white, areas of hair, feathers, or scales and normally pigmented patches, generally black ... This alternating colour pattern is irregular and asymmetrical ... Animals with this pattern may include horses, dogs, birds, cats, pigs, and cattle, as well as snakes such as the ball python ...
Pattern - Science
... crystal structure expresses a recurring pattern ... Moving up to 3 dimensions, 32 patterns are possible ...
Claves
... play a repeating rhythmic figure throughout a piece, known as clave, a key pattern (or guide-pattern, timeline patter, phrasing referent, bell pattern) that is also found in African music and Brazilian music ...

More definitions of "pattern":

  • (noun): A decorative or artistic work.
    Synonyms: design, figure
  • (verb): Plan or create according to a model or models.
    Synonyms: model
  • (noun): A customary way of operation or behavior.
    Example: "They changed their dietary pattern"
    Synonyms: practice
  • (noun): The path that is prescribed for an airplane that is preparing to land at an airport.
    Example: "They stayed in the pattern until the fog lifted"
    Synonyms: traffic pattern, approach pattern
  • (noun): A perceptual structure.
    Example: "A visual pattern must include not only objects but the spaces between them"
    Synonyms: form, shape
  • (noun): A model considered worthy of imitation.
    Example: "The American constitution has provided a pattern for many republics"
  • (noun): Graphical representation (in polar or cartesian coordinates) of the spatial distribution of radiation from an antenna as a function of angle.
    Synonyms: radiation pattern, radiation diagram
  • (verb): Form a pattern.
    Example: "These sentences pattern like the ones we studied before"

Famous quotes containing the word pattern:

    It was her stern necessity: all things
    Are of one pattern made; bird, beast, and flower,
    Deceive us, seeming to be many things,
    And are but one. Beheld far off, they differ
    As God and devil; bring them to the mind,
    They dull its edge with their monotony.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    The real trouble about women is that they must always go on trying to adapt themselves to men’s theories of women, as they always have done. When a woman is thoroughly herself, she is being what her type of man wants her to be. When a woman is hysterical it’s because she doesn’t quite know what to be, which pattern to follow, which man’s picture of woman to live up to.
    —D.H. (David Herbert)

    A two-week-old infant cries an average of one and a half hours every day. This increases to approximately three hours per day when the child is about six weeks old. By the time children are twelve weeks old, their daily crying has decreased dramatically and averages less than one hour. This same basic pattern of crying is present among children from a wide range of cultures throughout the world. It appears to be wired into the nervous system of our species.
    Lawrence Kutner (20th century)