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"
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
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"
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
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
v 1: plan or create according to a model or models [syn: model
2: form a pattern; "These sentences pattern like the ones we