General English


  • noun a form or method which shows particular, consistent characteristics


  • noun the general way in which something usually happens


  • noun a series of regular lines or shapes which are repeated again and again


  • A plan or model to be a guide in making objects.
  • A form used to shape the interior of a mold.


  • A configuration, arrangement, form, design, figure, graph, or the like, consisting of, or representing, a phenomenon, quantity, or entity which is varied, or that varies in some manner. For instance, a radiation pattern, an interference pattern, a test pattern, a bit pattern, or an etched pattern.
  • A diagram or other model which is followed in creating or doing something.
  • A regular, repetitive, or symmetrical image displayed on a device such as an oscilloscope or TV. For example, a test pattern or a herringbone pattern.
  • A distribution, arrangement, graph, or other representation of the variation in intensity of a quantity as a function of direction and distance. An example is the transmitting or receiving effectiveness of an antenna, and such a pattern can be measured in any plane, although the horizontal and/or vertical planes are generally used. Also called directivity pattern, radiation pattern, or field pattern.
  • The path followed, or meant to be followed, by an aircraft during a landing approach.

Information & Library Science

  • noun a particular way something is done or organised


  • noun a decorative design, which is printed or painted on fabric or other materials

Origin & History of “pattern”

Etymologically, pattern and patron are the same word. when it arrived in Old French as patron (from Latin patrōnus), it had roughly the range of senses of modern English patron, including that of ‘one who commissions work’. But it had also acquired one other. Someone who pays for work to be done often gives an example of what he wants for the workman to copy: and so patrōnus had developed the meaning ‘example, exemplar’. this passed into English from Old French along with the other meanings of patron, and not until the 17th century did it begin to be differentiated by the spelling pattern. The sense ‘decorative design’ emerged in the 16th century.