PATTERN in a Sentence

Learn PATTERN from example sentences, some of them are from classic books. These examples are selected from a corpus with 300,000 sentences, including classic works and current mainstream media. Some sentences also link to their contexts.

For PATTERN, below is one of 160 sentences:
He would write for a while, then sit idle, his clenched fist lying on the table, his eyes following the pattern of the oilcloth.

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 Meanings and Examples of PATTERN
Definition Example Sentence Classic Sentence
 n.  a decorative or artistic work
 v.  decorate with a recurring design
Classic Sentence: (41 in 3 pages)
1  The future shadowed their present, like the sun coming through the many-veined transparent vine leaf; a criss-cross of lines making no pattern.
Between the Acts By Virginia Woolf
Context  Highlight   In Unit 8
2  It was a fine dry night; frost in the air; the streets as clean as a ballroom floor; the lamps, unshaken, by any wind, drawing a regular pattern of light and shadow.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde By Robert Louis Stevenson
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER SEARCH FOR MR. HYDE
3  He'll be a great man himself, and will make you one too, if you take pattern by him.
Oliver Twist By Charles Dickens
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER IX
4  The live adder regarded the assembled group with a sinister look in its small black eye, and the beautiful brown and jet pattern on its back seemed to intensify with indignation.
Return of the Native By Thomas Hardy
Context  Highlight   In BOOK 4: 7 The Tragic Meeting of Two Old Friends
5  The other, who was secured in a similar fashion, was a tall man in the last stage of emaciation, with several strips of sticking-plaster arranged in a grotesque pattern over his face.
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes By Arthur Conan Doyle
Context  Highlight   In X. The Adventure of The Greek Interpreter
6  The stained-glass windows, which displayed only a geometrical pattern, were broken in many places, and the curtains that hung across the lower end were thick with dust.
The Time Machine By H. G. Wells
Context  Highlight   In IV
7  I had no convenient cicerone in the pattern of the Utopian books.
The Time Machine By H. G. Wells
Context  Highlight   In V
8  It was of a pattern which does not vary, and so it is familiar to us all.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer By Mark Twain
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER IV
9  "We shall be much obliged to you," said the impostors, and then they named the different colors and described the pattern of the pretended stuff.
Andersen's Fairy Tales By Hans Christian Andersen
Context  Highlight   In THE EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES
10  Large drops of perspiration were now standing on his brow, while the garments that hung about him were so ragged that one could only guess at the pattern upon which they had originally been fashioned.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Context  Highlight   In Chapter 16. A Learned Italian.
11  These were pistols of an especial pattern, which Monte Cristo had had made for target practice in his own room.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Context  Highlight   In Chapter 89. A Nocturnal Interview.
12  We came of the same kind of people, we were raised in the same pattern, brought up to think the same things.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER LIII
13  Hold; while Prometheus is about it, I'll order a complete man after a desirable pattern.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER 108. Ahab and the Carpenter.
14  He would write for a while, then sit idle, his clenched fist lying on the table, his eyes following the pattern of the oilcloth.
My Antonia By Willa Cather
Context  Highlight   In BOOK 1. The Shimerdas: XII
15  He was feeling out the pattern that lay all ready-made on the big and little keys.
My Antonia By Willa Cather
Context  Highlight   In BOOK 2. The Hired Girls: VII
Example Sentence: (119 in 8 pages)
16  It is modeled after the same pattern.
17  The jumper has a geometrical pattern on it.
18  All three attacks followed the same pattern.
19  The pattern of family life has been changing over recent years.
20  The dressmaker used a pin to fasten the pattern to the cloth.
21  She engraved the ring in a floral pattern.
22  The jumper has a geometric pattern on it.
23  A laser is used to etch a pattern in the smooth surface of the disc.
24  She cut a pattern for her own coat.
25  The chameleon's skin replicates the pattern of its surroundings.
26  Its streets were laid out in a grid pattern.
27  The case is illustrative of a common pattern.
28  The cloth has a pattern of red and white squares.
29  Small dots were interspersed among the pattern.
30  Changes in the economy have followed a cyclical pattern.