Definition of "pattern" [pat•tern]

  • A model or original used as an archetype. (noun)
  • A person or thing considered worthy of imitation. (noun)
  • A plan, diagram, or model to be followed in making things: a dress pattern. See Synonyms at ideal. (noun)
  • A representative sample; a specimen. (noun)
  • An artistic or decorative design: a paisley pattern. See Synonyms at figure. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "pattern" in a sentence
  • "If there are fewer elements in the $replacement array than in the $pattern array, any extra $pattern will be replaced by an empty string. limit: The maximum possible replacements for each pattern in each $subject string."
  • "Next year book features a change in the title pattern and is also called "Changes" another must-read for me."
  • "The pattern is the Gauntlet pattern from the Not Just Socks book by Sandi Rosner."