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Pattern


PAT'TERN, noun

1. An original or model proposed for imitation; the archetype; an exemplar; that which is to be copies or imitated, either in things or in actions; as the pattern of a machine; a pattern of patience. Christ was the most perfect pattern of rectitude, patience and submission ever exhibited on earth.

2. A specimen; a sample; a part showing the figure or quality of the whole; as a pattern of silk cloth.

3. An instance; an example.

4. Any thing cut of formed into the shape of something to be made after it.

To pattern after, to imitate; to follow.