pattern noun (WAY)
- Recent months have seen a pattern of tit-for-tat killings between the two sides.
- It is difficult to discern any pattern in these figures.
- Damage to the ozone layer has caused a change in weather patterns.
- Changing patterns of agriculture are threatening the countryside.
- Genetic engineers should not be allowed to play God, interfering with the basic patterns of Nature.
pattern noun (ARRANGEMENT)
- He bought a white tablecloth edged with a pretty pattern.
- The sunlight shining through the branches made a filigree pattern on the tiles.
- a fabric with a zigzag pattern
- The children made patterns by sticking coloured shapes onto paper.
- Joe's socks had diamond patterns on them.