pattern

Something that repeats in a predictable way is a pattern. You might find a pattern in a series of numbers, in the material covering your couch, or in the habits of your upstairs neighbor.

The noun pattern could refer to a design or to customary behavior. Your patterns of behavior might include your morning cup of coffee and exercise. The word pattern can also be used as a verb form meaning "to model." For example, your art might be patterned after the artwork of a famous artist.

Definitions of pattern
  1. noun
    a perceptual structure
    “a visual pattern must include not only objects but the spaces between them”
    synonyms: form, shape
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    fractal
    (mathematics) a geometric pattern that is repeated at every scale and so cannot be represented by classical geometry
    gestalt
    a configuration or pattern of elements so unified as a whole that it cannot be described merely as a sum of its parts
    grid
    a pattern of regularly spaced horizontal and vertical lines
    kaleidoscope
    a complex pattern of constantly changing colors and shapes
    mosaic
    a pattern resembling a mosaic
    strand
    a pattern forming a unity within a larger structural whole
    reference grid
    a pattern of horizontal and vertical lines that provide coordinates for locating points on an image or a map
    Amsler grid
    a pattern of small boxes that is used for self-monitoring by patients who have age-related macular degeneration
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    structure
    the complex composition of knowledge as elements and their combinations
  2. noun
    something regarded as a normative example
    synonyms: convention, formula, normal, rule
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    mores
    (sociology) the conventions that embody the fundamental values of a group
    code of behavior, code of conduct
    a set of conventional principles and expectations that are considered binding on any person who is a member of a particular group
    universal
    a behavioral convention or pattern characteristic of all members of a particular culture or of all human beings
    courtly love
    (Middle Ages) a highly conventionalized code of conduct for lovers
    knight errantry
    (Middle Ages) the code of conduct observed by a knight errant who is wandering in search of deeds of chivalry
    protocol
    code of correct conduct
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    practice
    knowledge of how something is usually done
  3. noun
    a model considered worthy of imitation
    “the American constitution has provided a pattern for many republics”
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    example, exemplar, good example, model
    something to be imitated
  4. noun
    something intended as a guide for making something else
    “a pattern for a skirt”
    synonyms: blueprint, design
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    plan, program, programme
    a series of steps to be carried out or goals to be accomplished
  5. noun
    a customary way of operation or behavior
    “they changed their dietary pattern
    synonyms: practice
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    biologism
    use of biological principles in explaining human especially social behavior
    cooperation
    the practice of cooperating
    featherbedding
    the practice (usually by a labor union) of requiring an employer to hire more workers than are required
    formalism
    the practice of scrupulous adherence to prescribed or external forms
    one-upmanship
    the practice of keeping one jump ahead of a friend or competitor
    pluralism
    the practice of one person holding more than one benefice at a time
    symbolisation, symbolism, symbolization
    the practice of investing things with symbolic meaning
    modernism
    practices typical of contemporary life or thought
    occult, occult arts
    supernatural practices and techniques
    ornamentalism
    the practice of ornamental display
    cannibalism
    the practice of eating the flesh of your own kind
    careerism
    the practice of advancing your career at the expense of your personal integrity
    custom, usage, usance
    accepted or habitual practice
    habitude
    habitual mode of behavior
    fashion
    characteristic or habitual practice
    lobbyism
    the practice of lobbying; the activities of a lobbyist
    slaveholding, slavery
    the practice of owning slaves
    peonage
    the practice of making a debtor work for his creditor until the debt is discharged
    unwritten law
    law based on customary behavior
    lynch law
    the practice of punishing people by hanging without due process of law
    mistreatment
    the practice of treating (someone or something) badly
    nonconformism
    the practice of nonconformity
    calisthenics, callisthenics
    the practice of calisthenic exercises
    quotation
    the practice of quoting from books or plays etc.
    ritual
    the prescribed procedure for conducting religious ceremonies
    ritualism
    exaggerated emphasis on the importance of rites or ritualistic forms in worship
    naturism, nudism
    going without clothes as a social practice
    systematism
    the habitual practice of systematization and classification
    cross dressing, transvestism, transvestitism
    the practice of adopting the clothes or the manner or the sexual role of the opposite sex
    ablution
    the ritual washing of a priest's hands or of sacred vessels
    anthropophagy
    human cannibalism; the eating of human flesh
    Americanism
    a custom that is peculiar to the United States or its citizens
    Anglicism, Britishism
    a custom that is peculiar to England or its citizens
    consuetude
    a custom or usage that has acquired the force of law
    couvade
    a custom among some peoples whereby the husband of a pregnant wife is put to bed at the time of bearing the child
    Germanism
    a custom that is peculiar to Germany or its citizens
    habit, use
    (psychology) an automatic pattern of behavior in reaction to a specific situation; may be inherited or acquired through frequent repetition
    hijab
    the custom in some Islamic societies of women dressing modestly outside the home
    daily round, round
    the usual activities in your day
    line of least resistance, path of least resistance
    the easiest way
    annoyance, annoying, irritation, vexation
    the act of troubling or annoying someone
    disregard, neglect
    willful lack of care and attention
    exploitation, using, victimisation, victimization
    an act that exploits or victimizes someone (treats them unfairly)
    harassment, molestation
    the act of tormenting by continued persistent attacks and criticism
    abuse, ill-treatment, ill-usage, maltreatment
    cruel or inhumane treatment
    celebration, solemnisation, solemnization
    the public performance of a sacrament or solemn ceremony with all appropriate ritual
    rite, ritual
    any customary observance or practice
    Communion, Holy Communion, manduction, sacramental manduction
    the act of participating in the celebration of the Eucharist
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    activity
    any specific behavior
  6. verb
    form a pattern
    “These sentences pattern like the ones we studied before”
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    agree, check, correspond, fit, gibe, jibe, match, tally
    be compatible, similar, or consistent; coincide in their characteristics
  7. verb
    plan or create according to a model or models
    synonyms: model
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    scale
    pattern, make, regulate, set, measure, or estimate according to some rate or standard
    sovietise, sovietize
    model a country's social, political, and economic structure on the Soviet Union
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    copy, imitate, simulate
    reproduce someone's behavior or looks
  8. noun
    a decorative or artistic work
    synonyms: design, figure
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    argyle, argyll
    a design consisting of a pattern of varicolored diamonds on a solid background (originally for knitted articles); patterned after the tartan of a clan in western Scotland
    bear claw
    an incised design resembling the claw of a bear; used in Native American pottery
    damascene
    a design produced by inlaying gold or silver into steel
    decal, decalcomania
    either a design that is fixed to some surface or a paper bearing the design which is to be transferred to the surface
    device
    any ornamental pattern or design (as in embroidery)
    emblem, icon
    special design or visual object representing a quality, type, group, etc.
    herringbone, herringbone pattern
    a pattern of columns of short parallel lines with all the lines in one column sloping one way and lines in adjacent columns sloping the other way; it is used in weaving, masonry, parquetry, embroidery
    linocut
    a design carved in relief into a block of linoleum
    mandala
    any of various geometric designs (usually circular) symbolizing the universe; used chiefly in Hinduism and Buddhism as an aid to meditation
    mihrab
    (Islam) a design in the shape of niche in a Muslim prayer rug; during worship the niche must be pointed toward Mecca
    motif, motive
    a design or figure that consists of recurring shapes or colors, as in architecture or decoration
    polka dot
    design consisting of a pattern of regularly spaced circular spots
    pyrograph
    a design produced by pyrography
    screen saver
    (computer science) a moving design that appears on a computer screen when there has been no input for a specified period of time
    sunburst
    a design consisting of a central disk resembling the sun and rays emanating from it
    tattoo
    a design on the skin made by tattooing
    tetraskele, tetraskelion
    a figure consisting of four stylized human arms or legs (or bent lines) radiating from a center
    triskele, triskelion
    a figure consisting of three stylized human arms or legs (or three bent lines) radiating from a center
    weave
    pattern of weaving or structure of a fabric
    marking
    a pattern of marks
    check
    a textile pattern of squares or crossed lines (resembling a checkerboard)
    colophon
    a publisher's emblem printed in a book (usually on the title page)
    colors, colours
    a distinguishing emblem
    crest
    (heraldry) in medieval times, an emblem used to decorate a helmet
    Cross
    a representation of the structure on which Jesus was crucified; used as an emblem of Christianity or in heraldry
    device
    an emblematic design (especially in heraldry)
    flag
    emblem usually consisting of a rectangular piece of cloth of distinctive design
    heraldry
    emblem indicating the right of a person to bear arms
    open weave
    a weave in which warp threads never come together, leaving interstices in the fabric
    plain weave, taffeta weave
    a basic style of weave in which the weft and warp threads intertwine alternately to produce a checkerboard effect
    satin weave
    a weave in which the filling and warp threads intersect in such a way as to give a smooth compact surface with no distinguishable twill line
    seal, stamp
    a device incised to make an impression; used to secure a closing or to authenticate documents
    skull and crossbones
    emblem warning of danger or death
    totem
    emblem consisting of an object such as an animal or plant; serves as the symbol of a family or clan (especially among American Indians)
    totem pole
    a tribal emblem consisting of a pillar carved and painted with totemic figures; erected by Indian tribes of the northwest Pacific coast
    twill, twill weave
    a weave used to produce the effect of parallel diagonal ribs
    blaze
    a light-colored marking
    crisscross, cross, mark
    a marking that consists of lines that cross each other
    eyespot, ocellus
    an eyelike marking (as on the wings of some butterflies); usually a spot of color inside a ring of another color
    shading
    graded markings that indicate light or shaded areas in a drawing or painting
    dapple, fleck, maculation, patch, speckle, spot
    a small contrasting part of something
    bar, streak, stripe
    a narrow marking of a different color or texture from the background
    Hakenkreuz, swastika
    the official emblem of the Nazi Party and the Third Reich; a cross with the arms bent at right angles in a clockwise direction
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    decoration, ornament, ornamentation
    something used to beautify
  9. 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”
    synonyms: approach pattern, traffic pattern
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    itinerary, path, route
    an established line of travel or access
  10. noun
    graphical representation (in polar or Cartesian coordinates) of the spatial distribution of radiation from an antenna as a function of angle
    synonyms: radiation diagram, radiation pattern
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    graph, graphical record
    a visual representation of the relations between certain quantities plotted with reference to a set of axes
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