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    --- "Wade T.Smith" <> wrote:

    > But, well, here's my dictionary- in none of these definitions could one
    > insert the word 'algorithm' or 'computer program' in place of 'pattern',
    > as far as I can see.
    > pattern n.
    > 1.a. A model or an original used as an archetype. b. A person or thing
    > considered worthy of imitation.
    > 2. A plan, diagram, or model to be followed in making things.
    > 3. A representative sample; a specimen.
    > 4.a. An artistic or decorative design. b. A design of natural or
    > accidental origin.
    > 5. A consistent, characteristic form, style, or method, as: a. A
    > composite of traits or features characteristic of an individual or a
    > group. b. Form and style in an artistic work or body of artistic works.
    > 6.a. The configuration of gunshots upon a target that is used as an
    > indication of skill in shooting. b. The distribution and spread, around a
    > targeted region, of spent shrapnel, bomb fragments, or shot from a
    > shotgun.
    > 7. Enough material to make a complete garment.
    > 8. A test pattern.
    > 9. The flight path of an aircraft about to land.
    > - Wade

    Hmmm, I could not resist checking out what some other dictionaries say..

    Meriam-Webster thesaurus:

    Entry Word: pattern
    Function: noun
    Text: 1
    Synonyms MODEL 2, archetype, beau ideal, ensample, example, exemplar, ideal,
    mirror, paradigm, standard
    Related Word original
    Synonyms FIGURE 3, design, device, motif, motive
    Related Word patterning
    Synonyms ORDER 8, method, orderliness, plan, system
    Related Word arrangement, constellation

    (in this case, synonims seem to be what Robin was refering to as the meaning of

    Merriam-Webster dictionary:

    Main Entry: 1patĚtern
    Pronunciation: 'pa-t&rn
    Function: noun
    Etymology: Middle English patron, from Middle French, from Medieval Latin
    Date: 14th century
    1 : a form or model proposed for imitation : EXEMPLAR
    2 : something designed or used as a model for making things <a dressmaker's
    3 : a model for making a mold into which molten metal is poured to form a
    4 : an artistic, musical, literary, or mechanical design or form
    5 : a natural or chance configuration <frost pattern> <the pattern of events>
    6 : a length of fabric sufficient for an article (as of clothing)
    7 a : the distribution of shrapnel, bombs on a target, or shot from a shotgun b
    : the grouping made on a target by bullets
    8 : a reliable sample of traits, acts, tendencies, or other observable
    characteristics of a person, group, or institution <behavior pattern> <spending
    9 a : the flight path prescribed for an airplane that is coming in for a
    landing b : a prescribed route to be followed by a pass receiver in football
    11 : a discernible coherent system based on the intended interrelationship of
    component parts <foreign policy patterns>
    12 : frequent or widespread incidence <a pattern of dissent>
    synonym see MODEL
    - patĚterned /-t&rnd/ adjective
    - patĚternĚless adjective
    (meanings: 1, 2, 4, and especially 11 seem to be rather close to what Robin was
    reffering to, and significantly different from Wade's interpretaions)

    more from M-W:

    Main Entry: 2pattern
    Date: circa 1586
    transitive senses
    1 dialect chiefly English a : MATCH b : IMITATE
    2 : to make, adapt, or fashion according to a pattern
    3 : to furnish, adorn, or mark with a design
    intransitive senses : to form a pattern
    (obvious, isn't it? ;)

    Oxford dictionary says:

    pat-tern ['p&tn] n. & v. --n. 1 a repeated decorative design on wallpaper,
    cloth, a carpet, etc. 2 a regular or logical form, order, or arrangement of
    parts (behaviour pattern; the pattern of one's daily life). 3 a model or
    design, e.g. of a garment, from which copies can be made. 4 an example of
    excellence; an ideal; a model (a pattern of elegance). 5 a wooden or metal
    figure from which a mould is made for a casting. 6 a sample (of cloth,
    wallpaper, etc.). 7 the marks made by shots, bombs, etc. on a target or target
    area. 8 a random combination of shapes or colours. 1 (usu. foll. by
    after, on) model (a thing) on a design etc. 2 decorate with a pattern. /pattern
    bombing bombing over a large area, not on a single target. [ME patron (see
    PATRON): differentiated in sense and spelling since the 16th-17th c.]

    (meanings 2, 3, 4 seem relevant)

    Ozren (who likes meaning #7. :)

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