What are some alternative words for pattern?

Synonyms for pattern
ˈpæt ərn; Brit. ˈpæt n

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. form, shape, pattern(noun)

    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, pattern(noun)

    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, figure(noun)

    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, formula(noun)

    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. pattern(noun)

    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, pattern(noun)

    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, pattern(noun)

    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, pattern(verb)

    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, pattern(verb)

    plan or create according to a model or models

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

  10. pattern(verb)

    form a pattern

    "These sentences pattern like the ones we studied before"



  1. pattern(noun)

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

  2. pattern(noun)

    to apply a pattern

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

  3. pattern(verb)

    to follow an example

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

  4. pattern(verb)

    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

Editors Contribution

  1. scientific law

    because the definition is a repeated pattern

    Submitted by anonymous on December 17, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. pattern(n.)

    exemplar, model, archetype, prototype, original, precedent

  2. pattern(n.)

    specimen, sample, example, instance

  3. pattern(n.)

    figure, style, shape

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. pattern(n)

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

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  2. pattern(v)

    model, copy, imitate, follow

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How to use pattern in a sentence?

  1. Kaustubh Rajwade:

    Until now, only one other repeating FRB was known to show such a pattern in its bursting activity, finding such a pattern reveals important clues as to what could [ be ] the progenitor of FRBs. A periodicity tell us that the object that is producing FRBs is probably in an orbit with another astrophysical body.

  2. Frenchman Bruno Bini:

    Expectations are high and we know our responsibilities at this time, the team have been training for one-and-a-half years so the athletes know very well our pattern for games.

  3. Wang Tao:

    Brent oil may break a resistance at $48.80 per barrel and rise more to $49.53, as indicated by its wave pattern and a Fibonacci projection analysis, support is at $47.51, the 61.8 percent Fibonacci retracement on the rise from $45.59 to $50.62, a break below which will lead to a further loss to $46.78, the 76.4 percent retracement.

  4. The Hillmedia reporter:

    I think youre seeing a pattern here, back in January, the term manufactured crisiswas usedto talk about what was going onat the U.S. southern border.

  5. Al Bochi:

    Remember that drinking a sugary beverage every once in a while will not directly cause adverse health effects, providing yourself permission to enjoy all beverages while being mindful with how it fits into your overall healthy eating pattern is the key to a healthy relationship with food.

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