A pattern, apart from the term's use to mean "Template", is a discernible regularity in the world or in a manmade design. As such, the elements of a pattern repeat in a predictable manner.

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  1. Model, example.
    1. Something from which a copy is made; a model or outline.
      1. Someone or something seen as an example to be imitated; an exemplar.
      2. A copy.
    2. A sample; of coins, an example which was struck but never minted.
    3. A representative example.
    4. The material needed to make a piece of clothing.
    5. The paper or cardboard template from which the parts of a garment are traced onto fabric prior to cutting out and assembling.
    6. A full-sized model around which a mould of sand is made, to receive the melted metal. It is usually made of wood and in several parts, so as to be removed from the mould without damage.
    7. A text string containing wildcards, used for matching.
      There were no files matching the pattern *.txt.
  2. Decorative arrangement.
    1. A design, motif or decoration, especially formed from regular repeated elements.
      1. A naturally-occurring or random arrangement of shapes, colours etc. which have a regular or decorative effect.
      2. The given spread, range etc. of shot fired from a gun.
    2. A particular sequence of events, facts etc. which can be understood, used to predict the future, or seen to have a mathematical, geometric, statistical etc. relationship.
      1. An intelligible arrangement in a given area of language.


  1. to apply a pattern
  2. To make or design (anything) by, from, or after, something that serves as a pattern; to copy; to model; to imitate.
  3. to follow an example
  4. to fit into a pattern
  5. To serve as an example for.

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