What is pattern?

  • (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
    See also — Additional definitions below


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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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 ...
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 ... specimens, which have mazelike patterns khaki-coloured "green" and "granite", which have many small angular spots ...
Pattern - Science
... crystal structure expresses a recurring pattern ... Moving up to 3 dimensions, 32 patterns are possible ...
... 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 ...
... to 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 ...

More definitions of "pattern":

  • (noun): A perceptual structure.
    Example: "A visual pattern must include not only objects but the spaces between them"
    Synonyms: form, shape
  • (noun): A decorative or artistic work.
    Synonyms: design, figure
  • (noun): A customary way of operation or behavior.
    Example: "They changed their dietary pattern"
    Synonyms: practice
  • (verb): Form a pattern.
    Example: "These sentences pattern like the ones we studied before"
  • (noun): Something intended as a guide for making something else.
    Example: "A pattern for a skirt"
    Synonyms: blueprint, design
  • (verb): Plan or create according to a model or models.
    Synonyms: model
  • (noun): A model considered worthy of imitation.
    Example: "The American constitution has provided a pattern for many republics"
  • (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

Famous quotes containing the word pattern:

    His talent was as natural as the pattern that was made by the dust on a butterfly’s wings. At one time he understood it no more than the butterfly did and he did not know when it was brushed or marred. Later he became conscious of his damaged wings and of their construction and he learned to think and could not fly any more because the love of flight was gone and he could only remember when it had been effortless.
    Ernest Hemingway (1899–1961)

    No, I will be the pattern of all patience,
    I will say nothing.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

    The kind of relatedness to the world may be noble or trivial, but even being related to the basest kind of pattern is immensely preferable to being alone.
    Erich Fromm (1900–1980)