1. a. An archetype. b. An ideal worthy of imitation: a pattern of womanly virtues.
2. A plan, diagram, or model to be followed in making things: dress pattern.
3. A representative sample; specimen.
4. a. Any artistic or decorative design: a paisley pattern.
b. A design of natural or accidental origin: "the crystalline pattern of new ice on a country pool" (William Carlos Williams).
5. A composite of traits or features characteristic of an individual: behavioral patterns.
6. Form and style in an artistic work or body of artistic works.
7. a. The configuration of identically aimed rifle shots upon a target.
b. The distribution and spread of shot from a shotgun.
8. Enough material to make a complete garment. (AH)
1 a person or thing considered worthy of imitation or copying.
2 a model or plan used as a guide in making things: set of forms to the shape of which material is cut for assembly into the finished article /a dress pattern/
3 the full-scale model used in making a sand mold for casting metal
4 something representing a class or type; example; sample
5 an arrangement of form; disposition of parts or elements; design /wall-paper patterns, the of a novel/
6 a regular, mainly unvarying way of acting or doing /behavior patterns/
7 a predictable or prescribed route, movement, etc. /traffic pattern, landing pattern/
8 a) grouping or distribution, as a numbr of bullets fired at a mark
b) something, as a diagram, showing such distribution
9* [Now Rare] sufficient material for making a garment (WN)
1. The locus in a plane of a point moving around a fixed center at a monotonically increasing or decreasing distance from the center.
2. The three-dimensional locus of a point moving parallel to and about a central axis at a constant or continuously varying distance; a helix.
3. Something having the form of such a curve: spirals of smoke.
4. The course or flight path of an object rotating on its longitudinal axis, as of an airplane or football.
5. A continuously accelerating increase or decrease: the wage-price spiral. (AH)
1 circling around a central point in a flat curve that constantly increases (or decreases) in size; coiled or coiling in one plane
2. circling around a central axis in a curve of conical or cylindrical form; coiled or coiling in one plane.
1 a spiral curve occurring in a single plane
2 a spiral curve occurring in a series of planes; helix
3 something having a spiral form, as a wire for holding sheets in some notebooks
4 a spiral path or flight /the descending spiral of a falling leaf/
5 a section or segment of a spiral
6 a continuous, widening decrease or increase /an inflationary spiral ending in financial collapse/
7 Football a kick or pass in which the ball rotates on its longer axis as it moves through the air (WN)
Created: 12/20/96 Updated: 1/10/97