to apply a pattern
to follow an example
to fit into a pattern
English Synonyms and Antonyms
From its original sense of sample or specimen (Latin exemplum) example derives the seemingly contradictory meanings, on the one hand of a pattern or model, and on the other hand of a warning — a sample or specimen of what is to be followed, or of what is to be shunned. An example, however, may be more than a sample or specimen of any class; it may be the very archetype or prototype to which the whole class must conform, as when Christ is spoken of as being an example or leaving an example for his disciples. Example comes nearer to the possible freedom of the model than to the necessary exactness of the pattern; often we can not, in a given case, exactly imitate the best example, but only adapt its teachings to altered circumstances. In its application to a person or thing, exemplar can scarcely be distinguished from example; but example is most frequently used for an act, or course of action, for which exemplar is not used; as, one sets a good (or a bad) example. An exemplification is an illustrative working out in action of a principle or law, without any reference to its being copied or repeated; an example guides, an exemplification illustrates or explains. Ensample is the same as example, but is practically obsolete outside of Scriptural or theological language. Compare MODEL; SAMPLE.
Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms
form, shape, patternnoun
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"
course, figure, flesh, formula, frame, shape, kind, conformation, sort, chassis, condition, physical body, radiation diagram, soma, rule, human body, blueprint, radiation pattern, contour, grade, cast, form, mannikin, mannequin, physique, phase, word form, configuration, class, variant, convention, practice, approach pattern, bod, signifier, embodiment, descriptor, manikin, variety, strain, normal, anatomy, traffic pattern, var., design, material body, manakin, build
a customary way of operation or behavior
"it is their practice to give annual raises"; "they changed their dietary pattern"
radiation diagram, form, practice, approach pattern, formula, praxis, rule, figure, drill, practice session, shape, radiation pattern, blueprint, traffic pattern, convention, design, recitation, normal, exercise
design, pattern, figurenoun
a decorative or artistic work
"the coach had a design on the doors"
image, figure, intention, flesh, formula, frame, shape, traffic pattern, fig, figure of speech, chassis, approach pattern, physical body, trope, radiation diagram, soma, innovation, rule, human body, blueprint, radiation pattern, conception, excogitation, purpose, form, physique, plan, designing, aim, public figure, invention, number, convention, practice, digit, normal, bod, intent, name, anatomy, design, material body, build
convention, normal, pattern, rule, formulanoun
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"
form, expression, ruler, practice, regulation, radiation diagram, formula, dominion, principle, rule, figure, approach pattern, chemical formula, linguistic rule, shape, radiation pattern, prescript, blueprint, traffic pattern, conventionalism, conventionality, recipe, convening, convention, design, normal
a model considered worthy of imitation
"the American constitution has provided a pattern for many republics"
blueprint, design, patternnoun
something intended as a guide for making something else
"a blueprint for a house"; "a pattern for a skirt"
intention, aim, form, design, approach pattern, figure, designing, formula, rule, radiation pattern, practice, plan, excogitation, conception, blueprint, traffic pattern, radiation diagram, intent, invention, convention, shape, innovation, normal, purpose
traffic pattern, approach pattern, patternnoun
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"
radiation pattern, radiation diagram, patternverb
graphical representation (in polar or Cartesian coordinates) of the spatial distribution of radiation from an antenna as a function of angle
plan or create according to a model or models
form a pattern
"These sentences pattern like the ones we studied before"
because the definition is a repeated pattern
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How to use pattern in a sentence?
In clouds, iridescence is a byproduct of sunlight being diffracted by water droplets or ice crystals, causing the various wavelengths of light – which we see as colours – to emerge at different angles, as they reach the observer’s eye, the observer perceives a pattern of various colours as those different wavelengths reach his or her eye from distinct directions, rather than being jumbled together and appearing whitish.
I'm not an acrobat or a gymnast. . . . it was like I had a turbo thought pattern, how to do it each step...and that if I didn't complete each one, I wasn't going to make it.
I know they put him on modified assignment, which is a good first step, but I do think there needs to be more actions taken, it’s not his first brush with a civilian complaint. I don’t think this is his first time doing this. I don’t think this is one error in judgment. I think it’s a pattern and it needs to be corrected.
Family love is messy, clinging, and of an annoying and repetitive pattern, like bad wallpaper.
I pattern my career after his -- certainly in how to view show business, not to take it too seriously, it's a completely different feeling to get off a plane in L.A. and go work, and then to get off a plane here (in Maine) and come home. You suddenly realize: Oh that's why I am doing that -- to raise my family like Dad did his.
Translations for pattern
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- mostra, model, patróCatalan, Valencian
- Muster, strukturieren, Schablone, Struktur, ModellGerman
- μοτίβο, πρότυποGreek
- estructurar, patrón, ornamento, forma, molde, estampado, dibujo, estampar, diseño, perfilar, adornoSpanish
- adibide, ereduBasque
- kuvio, malli, alkuperäinen, originaali, aiheFinnish
- patron, modèleFrench
- pàtranScottish Gaelic
- minta, sablonHungarian
- 様式, 模様Japanese
- шаблон, шара, закономерност, мостра, шемаMacedonian
- sjabloon, patroonDutch
- deseń, wzórPolish
- modelo, padrão, moldePortuguese
- șablon, modelRomanian
- образец, лекало, схема, закономерность, шаблон, трафарет, модель, рисунок, пример, узорRussian
- mönster, mallSwedish
- kalıp, patern, örüntü, şablon, modelTurkish
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