pat·tern /ˈpætɝn/ 名詞
1. Anything proposed for imitation; an archetype; an exemplar; that which is to be, or is worthy to be, copied or imitated; as, a pattern of a machine.
I will be the pattern of all patience. --Shak.
2. A part showing the figure or quality of the whole; a specimen; a sample; an example; an instance.
He compares the pattern with the whole piece. --Swift.
3. Stuff sufficient for a garment; as, a dress pattern.
4. Figure or style of decoration; design; as, wall paper of a beautiful pattern.
5. Something made after a model; a copy.
The patterns of things in the heavens. --Heb. ix. 23.
6. Anything cut or formed to serve as a guide to cutting or forming objects; as, a dressmaker's pattern.
7. Founding A full-sized model around which a mold 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 mold without injuring it.
9. Gun. A diagram showing the distribution of the pellets of a shotgun on a vertical target perpendicular to the plane of fire.
pattern box, pattern chain, or pattern cylinder Figure Weaving, devices, in a loom, for presenting several shuttles to the picker in the proper succession for forming the figure.
Pattern card. (a) A set of samples on a card. (b) Weaving One of the perforated cards in a Jacquard apparatus.
Pattern reader, one who arranges textile patterns.
Pattern wheel Horology, a count-wheel.
Pat·tern, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Patterned p. pr. & vb. n. Patterning.]
1. To make or design (anything) by, from, or after, something that serves as a pattern; to copy; to model; to imitate.
[A temple] patterned from that which Adam reared in Paradise. --Sir T. Herbert.
2. To serve as an example for; also, to parallel.
To pattern after, to imitate; to follow.
n 1: a perceptual structure; "the composition presents problems
for students of musical form"; "a visual pattern must
include not only objects but the spaces between them"
[syn: form, shape]
2: a customary way of operation or behavior; "it is their
practice to give annual raises"; "they changed their
dietary pattern" [syn: practice]
3: a decorative or artistic work; "the coach had a design on
the doors" [syn: design, figure]
4: something regarded as a normative example; "the convention
of not naming the main character"; "violence is the rule
not the exception"; "his formula for impressing visitors"
[syn: convention, normal, rule, formula]
5: a model considered worthy of imitation; "the American
constitution has provided a pattern for many republics"
6: something intended as a guide for making something else; "a
blueprint for a house"; "a pattern for a skirt" [syn: blueprint,
7: the path that is prescribed for an airplane that is
preparing to land at an airport; "the traffic patterns
around O'Hare are very crowded"; "they stayed in the
pattern until the fog lifted" [syn: traffic pattern, approach
8: graphical representation (in polar or cartesian coordinates)
of the spatial distribution of radiation from an antenna
as a function of angle [syn: radiation pattern, radiation
v 1: plan or create according to a model or models [syn: model]
2: form a pattern; "These sentences pattern like the ones we