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Definition of "patterning" [patterning]

  • Design, structure, or configuration of a form, style, or method. (noun)
  • A method of physical therapy in which a rigid pattern of exercises is imposed to stimulate weak or paralyzed nerves and muscles to act on their own. (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 "patterning" in a sentence
  • "I discover that there are 11 more rows to knit when the centre patterning is finished."
  • "The biggest difference in patterning, though, is between the good stuff like Remington Premier and Federal Flitecontrol and the cheap buckshot loads."
  • "Where that sort of patterning is a matter of voice -- sentence-level style used as a way of subtly reinforcing point-of-view by mimicking a character's manner of articulation in the narrative itself, or by imbuing an absent narrator with their own distinct manner of articulation -- this is going to alter the drama of the narrative profoundly and pervasively."