from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A book containing designs of industrial work, especially of embroidery, lace, or the like, whether in manuscript or printed.
  • n. A kind of album or blank-book in which patterns, as of cloth, are pasted. Compare pattern-card


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  • The traditional housebuilder-business model relies on pattern-book designs, which can be quickly and easily rolled out across the country, often with little consideration to the local context or the needs of the people who will live in them.

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  • Meanwhile the artist himself made an unconvincing show of not caring about “what people think” — a confidence he shared with the readers of Vogue — while, obviously, he cared desperately and bitterly: for decades, in fact, creating a pattern-book of duly contorted, lonely selves, the better to excise or even tear out the pages.

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  • Save the pattern-book passwords for sites where your only vulnerability is having somebody change Web-site passwords or post dumb comments under your name.

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  • Twenty years later, a Scots artist named David Roberts visited Petra on a peregrination through the Middle East, and published an album of poetic views of ancient ruins that became the pattern-book of Orientalist imagery.

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  • The volume of love, like a pattern-book, fell open, and this well-dressed gentleman was engraved upon her heart.


  • Each dyer should make himself a pattern-book into which he should enter his tests, with full particulars as to how they have been produced at the side.

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  • The great pattern-book of nature, filled with graceful forms, in ever-varied arrangement, and illuminated by delicate tints or gorgeous hues, suggested the beauty they endeavored to represent.

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  • Haven't you got a pattern-book of all the shades you can make it in?

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  • But this pleasure which he received from the mere colours of the landscape was the same pleasure which they would have given him if he had met them in so many skeins of silk; the more complex pleasure due to their juxtaposition, was the pleasure he might have had if those skeins, instead of being on separate leaves of a pattern-book, had been lying tangled together in an untidy work-basket.

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  • His manuscript pattern-book is over a hundred years old, and has the rules for setting the harnesses.

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