American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any one of various types of wooden-soled footwear, such as a sandal, shoe, or clog, worn to increase one's height or to keep one's feet out of the mud.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An obsolete form of paten.
- n. In building: The base of a column or pillar.
- n. The sole for the foundation of a wall.
- n. The sill in a timber-framing. Also written patand, patin.
- n. A shoe with a thick wooden sole; a clog. From the beginning of the eighteenth century, a peculiar device was used for the same purpose, formed of an iron ring with two or more uprights, supporting a wooden sole which was thus lifted several inches above the ground. This ringed patten has been used in England until a recent time, but has been little known in the United States.
- n. A stilt.
- To go on pattens.
- n. A skate.
- n. A round wooden plate fastened under the foot of a horse, to prevent it from sinking in marshy and soft ground.
- n. Any of various types of footwear with thick soles, often used to elevate the foot, especially wooden clogs.
- n. UK, dialect, obsolete A stilt.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A clog or sole of wood, usually supported by an iron ring, worn to raise the feet from the wet or the mud.
- n. Prov. Eng. A stilt.
- n. footwear usually with wooden soles
- Middle English paten, patin, pateyn, from Anglo-Norman patin, Middle French patin, from patte ("paw, hoof"), from Latin patta, of imitative origin. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English patin, from Old French, perhaps from pate, paw, hoof; see patois. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“If you aren’t exposed to a certain patten of speech (or thought, or dress), then how do you know to use it?”
“Same way with a certain kind of patten leather button shoe or something.”
“They are at a real disadvantage because if they don't agree to the price that the Canadian government is going to allow they are not allowed to sell their drug in the market and if they don't start selling in Canada within two years after they start selling in the US, the Canadian government can take away the company's patten on the drug and let another company produce and sell the drug in Canada.”
“For instance a patten with lots of green will be out of place in the dead gray woods of winter.”
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“There were still relics like this lurking in farm buildings when I started out on my agricultural life: I recall finding a woodworm-infected patten lying in the manger of a stable a week or so after the last draught horse had been put to sleep.”
“It was a wooden patten, once commonplace domestic equipment in most farmyards.”
“Kate, Where can I find a patten for those nifty pencil holders?”
“Maybe because I have noticed a patten even here at EC --- it is Friday night and whatever slant needs to stay up all weekend in the 'important news', whether postings or polls, will have a finger on the scale to, er, mostly keep front and center the Clinton messages.”
“Traditionally gabardine is a fabric made of wool that is woven into a patten of diagonal parallel ribs.”
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