American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Design, structure, or configuration of a form, style, or method.
- n. A method of physical therapy in which a rigid pattern of exercises is imposed to stimulate weak or paralyzed nerves and muscles to act on their own.
“I discover that there are 11 more rows to knit when the centre patterning is finished.”
“The biggest difference in patterning, though, is between the good stuff like Remington Premier and Federal Flitecontrol and the cheap buckshot loads.”
“Where that sort of patterning is a matter of voice -- sentence-level style used as a way of subtly reinforcing point-of-view by mimicking a character's manner of articulation in the narrative itself, or by imbuing an absent narrator with their own distinct manner of articulation -- this is going to alter the drama of the narrative profoundly and pervasively.”
“With a preliminary patterning from the "Not to" that frames the front of this qualifying clause”
“Such numerical patterning is only one of many ways in which Moulsworth seeks to impose an order on the story of her life -- or rather, to discern the shapes and orders her life implies.”
“The sculptures show us that robes and draperies of all kinds were almost always more or less patterned; and this patterning, which is generally of an extremely elaborate kind, it is reasonable to conclude was the work of the needle.”
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“To walk around within its soaring pillars and to bask in the gentle light that pours through its exquisite windows is to experience a sense of participation in the very 'patterning' of the soul.”
“But yes, for those of you who know the spoiler, it's that same kind of patterning, though the outcome is completely different from that in the first book.”
“And it certainly seems different in degree rather than type from the kind of patterning and ideation that characterize certain types of mental illness (schizophrenic delusions of reference) because you start telling yourself oh yes of course it all fits together, oh my god, I'm not making this up.”
“That region in the plumbing where the small intestine becomes the large intestine is an interesting transitional zone which must be defined by some kind of patterning molecules; furthermore, I'd expect some kind of gene regulatory network has to be at work in that area to specify the different regions of small intestine, cecum, appendix, and large intestine.”
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