(noun, verb)


1. a perceptual structure

- a visual pattern must include not only objects but the spaces between them

Similar word(s): form, shape

Definition categories: thought, structure

2. a customary way of operation or behavior

- they changed their dietary pattern

Similar word(s): practice

Definition categories: act, activity

3. a decorative or artistic work

Similar word(s): design, figure

Definition categories: man–made, decoration, ornament, ornamentation

4. something regarded as a normative example

Similar word(s): convention, formula, normal, rule

Definition categories: thought, practice

5. a model considered worthy of imitation

- the American constitution has provided a pattern for many republics

Definition categories: thought, example, exemplar, model

6. something intended as a guide for making something else

- a pattern for a skirt

Similar word(s): blueprint, design

Definition categories: thought, plan, program, programme

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

Definition categories: location, itinerary, path, route

8. graphical representation (in polar or Cartesian coordinates) of the spatial distribution of radiation from an antenna as a function of angle

Definition categories: communication, graph

Sentences with pattern as a noun:

- There were no files matching the pattern *.txt.


1. plan or create according to a model or models

Similar word(s): model

Definition categories: creation, copy, imitate, simulate

2. form a pattern

- These sentences pattern like the ones we studied before

Definition categories: stative, agree, check, correspond, fit, gibe, jibe, match, tally