• (noun): A model or original used as an archetype.
  • (noun): A person or thing considered worthy of imitation.
  • (noun): A plan, diagram, or model to be followed in making things: a dress pattern. See Synonyms at ideal.
  • (noun): A representative sample; a specimen.
  • (noun): An artistic or decorative design: a paisley pattern. See Synonyms at figure.
  • (noun): A design of natural or accidental origin: patterns of bird formations.
  • (noun): A consistent, characteristic form, style, or method, as:
  • (noun): A composite of traits or features characteristic of an individual or a group: one's pattern of behavior.
  • (noun): Form and style in an artistic work or body of artistic works.
  • (noun): The configuration of gunshots upon a target that is used as an indication of skill in shooting.
  • (noun): The distribution and spread, around a targeted region, of spent shrapnel, bomb fragments, or shot from a shotgun.
  • (noun): Enough material to make a complete garment.
  • (noun): A test pattern.
  • (noun): The flight path of an aircraft about to land: a flight pattern.
  • (noun): Football A pass pattern.
  • (verb-transitive): To make, mold, or design by following a pattern: We patterned this plan on the previous one. My daughter patterned her military career after her father's.
  • (verb-transitive): To cover or ornament with a design or pattern.
  • (verb-intransitive): To make a pattern.

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  • (noun): graphical representation (in polar or Cartesian coordinates) of the spatial distribution of radiation from an antenna as a function of angle
  • (noun): 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"
  • (noun): something intended as a guide for making something else; "a blueprint for a house"; "a pattern for a skirt"
  • (noun): a model considered worthy of imitation; "the American constitution has provided a pattern for many republics"
  • (noun): 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"
  • (noun): a decorative or artistic work; "the coach had a design on the doors"
  • (noun): a customary way of operation or behavior; "it is their practice to give annual raises"; "they changed their dietary pattern"
  • (noun): 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"
  • (verb): form a pattern; "These sentences pattern like the ones we studied before"
  • (verb): plan or create according to a model or models

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A pattern is a discernible regularity in the world or in a manmade design. As such, the elements of a pattern repeat in a predictable manner. A geometric pattern is a kind of pattern formed of geometric shapes and typically repeated like a wallpaper design.
Any of the senses may directly observe patterns. Conversely, abstract patterns in science, mathematics, or language may be observable only by analysis. Direct observation in practice means seeing visual patterns, which are widespread in nature and in art. Visual patterns in nature are often chaotic, never exactly repeating, and often involve fractals. Natural patterns include spirals, meanders, waves, foams, tilings, cracks, and those created by symmetries of rotation and reflection. Patterns have an underlying mathematical structure; indeed, mathematics can be seen as the search for regularities, and the output of any function is a mathematical pattern. Similarly in the sciences, theories explain and predict regularities in the world.
In art and architecture, decorations or visual motifs may be combined and repeated to form patterns designed to have a chosen effect on the viewer. In computer science, a software design pattern is a known solution to a class of problems in programming. In fashion, the pattern is a template used to create any number of similar garments.

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  • If there are fewer elements in the $replacement array than in the $pattern array, any extra $pattern will be replaced by an empty string. limit: The maximum possible replacements for each pattern in each $subject string.

  • Next year book features a change in the title pattern and is also called "Changes" another must-read for me.

  • The pattern is the Gauntlet pattern from the Not Just Socks book by Sandi Rosner.

  • Three years after Van Dine inaugurated his title pattern, Ellery Queen founded a title dynasty of their own and for nine novels we consistently used the formula implicit in THE ROMAN HAT MYSTERY.

  • Allen Brain Atlas that shows the expression pattern of almost every gene in the mouse brain, detailed in a huge series of microscopic images.

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