What does the word pattern mean?

Usage examples for pattern

  1. The former has only to follow the pattern proposed to him by the latter. – Essays on Political Economy by Frederic Bastiat
  2. " But if every piece fitted, then the pattern would be all right," said Matilda. – Opportunities by Susan Warner
  3. All societies to whom belong either wonderful art, or nothing except secrecy, have been founded on our pattern. – A Collection of College Words and Customs by Benjamin Homer Hall