Synonyms of pattern


1. form, shape, pattern, structure

usage: a perceptual structure; "the composition presents problems for students of musical form"; "a visual pattern must include not only objects but the spaces between them"

2. practice, pattern, activity

usage: a customary way of operation or behavior; "it is their practice to give annual raises"; "they changed their dietary pattern"

3. design, pattern, figure, decoration, ornament, ornamentation

usage: a decorative or artistic work; "the coach had a design on the doors"

4. convention, normal, pattern, rule, formula, practice

usage: something regarded as a normative example; "the convention of not naming the main character"; "violence is the rule not the exception"; "his formula for impressing visitors"

5. pattern, exemplar, example, model, good example

usage: a model considered worthy of imitation; "the American constitution has provided a pattern for many republics"

6. blueprint, design, pattern, plan, program, programme

usage: something intended as a guide for making something else; "a blueprint for a house"; "a pattern for a skirt"

7. traffic pattern, approach pattern, pattern, path, route, itinerary

usage: 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"

8. radiation pattern, radiation diagram, pattern, graph, graphical record

usage: graphical representation (in polar or Cartesian coordinates) of the spatial distribution of radiation from an antenna as a function of angle


1. model, pattern, imitate, copy, simulate

usage: plan or create according to a model or models

2. pattern, match, fit, correspond, check, jibe, gibe, tally, agree

usage: form a pattern; "These sentences pattern like the ones we studied before"

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