Meaning of PATTERN in English


I. noun


a pattern of behaviour

Different patterns of behaviour exist in different cultures.

changing patterns of work/behaviour etc

Changing patterns of work mean that more people are able to work from home.

holding pattern

My career is in a holding pattern right now.

regular pattern

a carpet with a regular pattern of flowers

set the pattern/trend (= do something in a way that is later repeated )

That first day seemed to set the pattern for the following weeks.

weather patterns (= the usual weather that comes at a particular time each year )

Changes in weather patterns are thought to be caused by global warming




The species within each type represented different modifications of the basic pattern , each adapted to a particular way of life.

Here is the basic pattern of all sympathy engrams.

In this way, the basic pattern in the egg could be transferred to the cells.

Here is the basic pattern Of the engram which will contain the chronic psychosomatic illness in any patient.

This basic pattern was further complicated as hospital closure programmes progressed and patients were moved back to their health authority of origin.

This is a very basic pattern but it can alter a plain garment dramatically.

This basic pattern has been modified in evolution to give a limb that serves quite different functions.

The basic pattern nevertheless remains the same.


Such support, however, has to be seen in the context of changing family patterns and of the patterns of employment.

Table 1 shows these changing marriage patterns between 1971 and 1989.

The changing regional pattern of industrial development has entailed more than shifts between sectors.

Increasing problems of indebtedness meant that railway development could not keep pace with changing population patterns .

Had he taken no note of changing employment patterns , from 1945 to 1960?

There seems to be a changing pattern among carers.

Despite some changing patterns in this respect, woman's role is still seen to be primarily in the home.

Mr. Howarth My hon. Friend is right to draw attention to the changing pattern of higher education.


By the end of the evening an extraordinarily complex pattern will have been woven, initiated by just one person.

Does she have difficulty carrying out complex motor patterns ?

Muscles and tendons are just as important and form a much more complex pattern .

The black pipes interlocked in complex patterns from the low ceiling above mountains of mats.

The complex patterns you get now are like pictograms.

Political cultures to refer to those in which there are significant proportions of both the simpler and more complex patterns of orientations.

The method provides a way of generating very complex patterns .

The complex patterns of classroom organization associated with the versions of good practice commended in Leeds require considerable skill on the part of the teacher.


Because the parameters are free to change between periods, different individuals can have different patterns of hazard.

These food-induced social patterns themselves induce slightly different mating patterns.

Table 4.2 shows how each of these generic activities generates different patterns of task-related behaviour.

These might be regular if there is not overtaking but random if there is unlimited overtaking, quite different patterns .

Middle-class and working-class people and men and women have quite different patterns of friendship.

Carpet tiles: Rearranging and combining in different patterns and shapes.

They have different instincts, different pheromones, different patterns of behaviour, a different mind structure.

It is also possible to modify the original by adding or omitting parts, or even combining different patterns into one carving.


The conclusion is that Nkrumah would have otherwise won by the two-thirds majority which was the general election pattern .

Within this general pattern we must however be careful to distinguish some important regional differences.

All around, the general pattern was probably one of hamlets, some larger, some small, in varying densities.

But there are two interesting qualifications to this general pattern .

Changes in their general pattern have widespread repercussions on individuals, families, businesses and governments.

We worked together for about fifteen minutes, with me suggesting some general patterns and Suzette trying them out.

But what is that general pattern ?

The same general pattern holds for corporate cost of capital.


Expenditure on design and development in 1992 amounted to IR£2.2 million and related mainly to the development of new product and patterns .

Qualitatively new patterns of responses are interpreted by Piaget to reflect newly constructed or reconstructed intellectual structures.

Where consciousness is involved, one doesn't just have new patterns of evolution of existing qualities.

In the cortex, however, the messages are rearranged to make new patterns .

Where new road patterns or a new shopping centre affect trade, appeal.

In a period of punctuated equilibrium no one knows what new social behavior patterns will allow humans to prosper and survive.

They flew about inside her like magpies in an orchard, then settled in a new pattern .

A new pattern of enforcing old laws and enacting new ones evolved.


Going out to work had become the normal pattern of their lives, not a deviant one.

A normal pattern would be for the drop to occur nearly across the board, she said.

If the normal pattern is followed, Britain will experience an even greater invasion in the next decade.

Instead, a computer would review billing records quarterly and flag doctors who exceed normal billing patterns .

Barium follow through examination showed a normal mucosal pattern in the graft.

According to our data, non-deglutitive repetitive simultaneous pressure waves may occur as a normal oesophageal motor pattern .

In other households, the normal pattern of seniority was upset by differences in wealth.

So try to maintain normal meals at normal mealtimes, and normal sleeping patterns as far as possible.


The rounds usually follow a regular delivery pattern so that the meal will generally be delivered at a regular time.

But perhaps Joseph got us started on the wrong track, for booms and busts do not appear in regular patterns .

Equally, much conversation has a regular pattern to it.

His lower abdomen was expanding and contracting in a deep, regular pattern .

The solution to this problem, like that of the boiling liquid, is found in the formation of regular patterns .

In each case, the result is a solid composed of atoms arranged in a regular pattern .

The Conference has a regular pattern of work.

She may bring many concerns: My baby has no regular sleep pattern .


A similar pattern is probably observable to the east.

Further investigation revealed that other zinfandels showed a similar pattern .

A similar pattern emerged when subjects were asked to describe picture stories.

The next clear realignment followed a similar pattern .

Less deliberately structured groupings can exhibit similar patterns of socialisation, too.

These cases have followed a strikingly similar pattern .

It is plausible that disorder follows a similar pattern .

Such pilgrimage churches tended to follow similar architectural patterns due to their similar needs.



As this diagram suggests, a self-defeating organiza-tional behavior pattern is more than a single misguided strategy or reaction.

In the face of a self-defeating organizational behavior pattern , a person of this sort has little choice other than to fight.

Here again, the analogy between individual and organizational attitudes and behavior patterns is revealing.

The ongoing practice of self-defeating organizational behavior patterns leads ineluctably to the formation of what we call a self-defeating organizational character.

Watch him with other people and be very conscious of his behavior patterns .

In this sense, the high-performance loop turns the self-defeating organizational behavior pattern on its head.

When an organization repeatedly puts self-defeating behavior patterns into practice, it eventually develops a self-defeating character.

In a period of punctuated equilibrium no one knows what new social behavior patterns will allow humans to prosper and survive.


One school of thought within psychology is that we tend to get hooked into behaviour patterns if they produce intermittent rewards.

An interesting behaviour pattern is seen sometimes after all the eggs have been collected.

Hundreds of genes probably control most behaviour patterns .

You don't have to be an anthropological genius to see a spiralling behaviour pattern here.

Even at this stage, he can develop new behaviour patterns , which we may consider undesirable.

Scriptwriters will create worlds and characters with particular behaviour patterns and then let them build their own story.

The system represents a remarkable evolutionary adaptation of human behaviour patterns to the conditions of the rain forest.

Figure 6.1 Experiments are needed to confirm that any particular structure of behaviour pattern functions as a signal.


As I said, each stitch pattern area is limited to approximately 16,000 bits.

This is the maximum size that a two-colour stitch pattern can be for transferring to the console.

As an illustration of stitch pattern sizes, look at Figure 1.

Now a word of warning about the stitch patterns in the pattern book.

These will then be ready to transfer to the console as stitch pattern A, B, C and so on.

Firstly you will have to draw a stitch pattern on one of the pattern sheets which come with the machine.

Or you could try the simple tuck stitch pattern from the photographed card.

Knit section one as stitch pattern A. Call stitch pattern B from the console.


Pollution is no longer simply a product of local industry; it often moves in continental drifts as weather patterns change.

As the world becomes hotter, there could be disastrous changes in weather patterns and widespread flooding as sea levels rise.

It would be an interesting landing, if his experience of weather patterns was anything to go by.

For many months there was a very stable weather pattern affecting most of the northern hemisphere.

And they claim that the knock-on effect is that weather patterns change.

But weather patterns change in a haphazard, inconsistent way.

Day 2 Invaluable brief on yachts, local area, weather patterns , shopping facilities etc.

It's not yet known how seriously global warming will affect the world's weather patterns .



Instead you pick the most likely payoff and test to see if altering it changes the pattern of behaviour.

Developments in telecommunications have already done much to change the pattern of our lives.

All suggestions for changing this pattern were resisted.

Some people love new challenges, while others resist changing old patterns , as we discussed in Chapter 4.

Uneven development can change in both its pattern and its form over time.

And then Interstate 57 was built, and it bypassed Park Forest, changing the local commuter patterns .

You've had your share of ups and downs this year and December does little to change this pattern .

The first section focuses on changing counterproductive patterns of communication between parents and children, thus strengthening family relationships.


Quotations conform to the same pattern of assessment and explanation type.

In nearly every way, false open-mindedness conforms to the pattern of a self-defeating organizational behavior.

ONCE again, we had been let down by the refusal of human beings to conform to expected patterns .

When he considered the twelve-foot window spacings, it became clear that individual office sizes would have to conform to this pattern .

Activity has been made to conform to rational pattern .

They must conform to the pattern and standard size laid down by the Post Office.

The Partnership Programmes began to appear in 1978, tending to conform to a standard pattern .

It conformed to this pattern , with plenty of free time and many independent meals.


When putting the ring together I alternate the segments marked face up then plain face up to create a balanced pattern .

Finding the right key creates new patterns of interactions.

A patterning system like the mind creates patterns which we then continue to use.

So learning a new item might involve creating a novel spatiotemporal pattern ?

Two laser displays which create geometric patterns of pure light pulsate to the atmospheric music.

Trillions of molecules together create the air patterns that we call weather.

Add a dot of cream to each, then swirl with a knife to create a pattern .

This sample illustrates how easy it is to create abstract patterns from familiar objects by using the various options available.


Yet certain distinctions do emerge , certain patterns of relationship.


If a pattern of anticipation is to be disrupted, it must first be established .

Regardless of your preference you should try to establish a pattern .

It's now an established pattern .

Premium fares were charged on these cars, establishing a pattern which is maintained to this day.

And what are the molecular processes involved in establishing that new pattern ?

This should include establishing a regular pattern of breathing which will, of course, make that relaxation even deeper.

They establish a conventional pattern and timescale for basic interlocutory stages in personal injury litigation.


However, they will only fit a military pattern rear cross member.

This announcement fit the pattern of the times, for a craze of digging for treasure afflicted the area.

Only three months fit that particular rhythmic pattern - March, May, June.

But the supply must be carefully organized to fit the pattern of use.

Many real-world data structures fit into the hierarchical pattern , however, and they are also readily understood.

For example, the famous Kula system of ritual exchange, first described by Malinowski in 1922, fits the pattern quite well.

Even his resignation fitted that pattern .

Everything in Jean-Claude's life had been decided before he met me, and I was being fitted into a preordained pattern .


These elements were believed to follow certain patterns of movement, or what we would want to define as scientific laws today.

And had followed the same pattern afterwards.

The next clear realignment followed a similar pattern .

The third year is spent abroad and the fourth year follows the pattern of the final year of the single honours degree.

Her days will follow a pattern .

Section 2 will follow a similar pattern in relation to banking and the monetary system.

This cycle begins with stage two sleep and follows the same pattern as the first cycle.


As the different rhythms of these two-note pulses were combined they formed a simple moving pattern of sound.

With muscles showing complete or near-complete return of potential, bed rest, exercise, and overall good health formed the pattern .

The ventral arm plates are nearly pentagonal with a distinct convex distal edge textured with layers of calcite forming a concentric pattern .

The fishnet is flexible; it can form and re-form varied patterns of connection.

This is the method used to cross two or more sets of stitches during knitting to form rope-like patterns .

Dotted overhead, quite motionless and forming apparently random patterns , were myriads of tiny black specks.

These constraints build into a complex family network, which forms patterns of expectations and choices that are shared by all members.

Taken together, however, the selections form a pattern of discontent.


These dark bands produce a target-like pattern when the fish is viewed from above.

I just find it interesting to try out different ways and in the process, I often produce some attractive patterns !

Lifestreams would find your bills, and a plug-in application could crunch the data to produce a pattern .

The left part of each half shows the stimulus configuration which produced the pattern of impulses shown in the right part.

The output produced by the pattern recogniser becomes the data that must be accepted by the first stage of this system.

That requires a spinal cord to produce a different spatiotemporal pattern of commands to all those muscles.


In form and style they set the pattern for the first generation of purpose-built station buildings.

That first day seemed to set the pattern for the following weeks.

While working in films Mary set the pattern of work for the next fifty years.

I suppose that set a pattern .

He also runs a series of family workshops in Kansas City that set the pattern the Boston workshops will follow.

Its agreement in February 1990 set a Brady pattern by offering three options to commercial-bank creditors.

Numerous research projects were set up to investigate patterns of transmitted deprivation where families appear to hand down problems from generation to generation.


The equivalent figures for manual workers other than general labourers show a reverse pattern .

The ground was freshly pawed by deer, and the smooth black earth showed the criss-cross pattern of their hoof prints.

What you get from it is a graph showing a complex pattern of forces.

It can change from sand color to brown or russet, or show a pattern of these.

The blue stripes show the pattern rows, the orange background rows.

Medicine, biology and chemistry showed a similar pattern .

It follows that the snails show a pattern of prey selection.

All of the eruptions except Krakatoa happened in the northern hemisphere, and together they show a clear pattern of behaviour.


conform to a pattern/model/ideal etc

follow a pattern/course/trend etc

For troubled marriages, researcher Karen Kayser has found, follow a pattern.

He followed a pattern set two years ago by former Sen.

In this venture, Clinton is following a course set by a number of his predecessors.

Lesson four: don't follow trends Like Buddhism and Epping Forest, the road to fitness has many paths.

The results of these contradictions tend to follow a pattern.

These sections naturally follow one from the other, and thus the organization of the headings in these two chapters follows patterns.

This observation follows a pattern frequently encountered in research in this area.


patterns of sunlight and shadow on the ground

a navy blue silk blouse with a white flowery pattern

a skirt pattern

behavior patterns

Critics of the police say they see a pattern of racism and abuse by officers.

Eventually, he decided on a suit with a blue-gray check pattern .

I'm looking for a wallpaper with a nice bold pattern .

Police say that each of the murders follows the same pattern .

San Diego has a very regular weather pattern .

Women's lives used to follow a predictable pattern : school, then marriage and children.


Could he see a pattern in the number of cubes that did make squares?

Exposure to 2°C caused drastic changes to the growth pattern and even resulted in some leaves failing to emerge.

Having said that, I rarely, if ever, follow a written pattern line by line.

In the key of C, the first pattern is called 3-4.

Take for instance the pattern of incivility and disrespect displayed over the past several years by Chicago Bulls basketball star Dennis Rodman.

The diffraction patterns of fresh crystals extend to 2.6 resolution, but radiation damage rapidly reduces their quality.

The ground was freshly pawed by deer, and the smooth black earth showed the criss-cross pattern of their hoof prints.

Unlike the Hopfield model, this network can store many more patterns than the number of dimensions.

II. verb


His intricately patterned, inlaid tabletop designs represent hundreds of hours of work.

Repetitive, patterned texts give emergent readers extra support while they are reading.

The younger individual was a girl of 10-12 years old who wore a red patterned silk shroud.

They've got a great selection of gear from ace patterned snowboards to fantastic girls' clothing.

To use yet another metaphor, moulding of form can be thought of as metalworking; patterning like painting.

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