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Synonyms for pattern
ˈpæt ərn; Brit. ˈpæt npat·tern

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  1. patternnoun

    cycle, similarity, stencil, tessellation, original, model, categorize, category

  2. patternnoun

    Model, example.

    category, categorize, model, original, stencil, tessellation, similarity, cycle

  3. patternverb

    to follow an example

    tessellation, category, original, similarity, cycle, stencil, categorize, model

  4. patternverb

    to fit into a pattern

    categorize, model

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. pattern

    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.

    archetype, ensample, example, exemplar, exemplification, ideal, model, precedent, prototype, sample, specimen, standard, type, warning

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. pattern

    model, sample, archetype, exemplar, specimen, shape, precedent, mould, design, plan

    monstrosity, caricature, perversion, misrepresentation

Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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

  2. practice, patternnoun

    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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. patternnoun

    a model considered worthy of imitation

    "the American constitution has provided a pattern for many republics"

    radiation diagram, convention, rule, normal, form, approach pattern, radiation pattern, figure, blueprint, design, formula, traffic pattern, shape, practice

  6. 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

  7. 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 diagram, convention, rule, figure, form, design, radiation pattern, approach pattern, blueprint, formula, traffic pattern, shape, practice, normal

  8. 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

    rule, convention, radiation diagram, normal, form, design, approach pattern, radiation pattern, figure, blueprint, formula, traffic pattern, shape, practice

  9. model, patternverb

    plan or create according to a model or models

    mold, posture, mould, sit, pose, mock up, simulate, model

  10. patternverb

    form a pattern

    "These sentences pattern like the ones we studied before"


Editors Contribution

  1. scientific law

    because the definition is a repeated pattern

    Submitted by anonymous on December 17, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. patternnoun

    exemplar, model, archetype, prototype, original, precedent

  2. patternnoun

    specimen, sample, example, instance

  3. patternnoun

    figure, style, shape

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. patternnoun

    model, exemplar, original, prototype, archetype, specimen, example, copy, reproduction, delineator, protractor

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  2. patternverb

    model, copy, imitate, follow

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  1. Christian Yates:

    Traditionally people thought that cells didn't make it to the front of embryos to pigment the belly because they just weren't migrating fast enough, what we've been able to show through our studies is that actually, if anything, cells in piebald animals migrate faster but they're just not proliferating enough. They're not making enough daughter cells to colonize - or cover - the whole region of the skin that needs to be covered by the time the pigmentation pattern is set down.

  2. Linsey Marr:

    We're not going to eradicate this coronavirus like we've done with smallpox ; it is something that I think is going to settle into a more seasonal pattern, like the flu and colds... but right now, because it's novel and so many people are not immune to it, it's really ripping through the population. But I think five years from now, we will have much greater immunity either through vaccination or natural infection.

  3. Robert Whiting:

    I think Sasakis manager showed a lot of courage, he could have won the national title with Sasaki if he had followed the usual pattern of throwing the team ace out there on consecutive days.

  4. Michelle Drerup:

    Now the insomnia has developed a life of its own; it's become a behavioral pattern.

  5. Eduardo Gamarra:

    People, Hispanics specifically, have always talked about the great potential the Hispanic vote can have in an election, this should call for an important reflection because we always put a lot of hop in the Latino vote, but if the pattern for the statistics continues, by November 2016, we'll have the same pattern of data.

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