(in foreign-language learning) a technique for practicing a linguistic structure in which students repeat a sentence or other structure, each time substituting a new element, such as a new verb, as directed by the teacher, or transforming the original structure, as in changing a statement to a question.
Also called pattern drill. a drill using this technique.
noun, Computers. 1. the automated identification of shapes or forms or patterns of speech.
- Pattern sensitive epilepsy
pattern sensitive epilepsy pat·tern sensitive epilepsy (pāt’ərn) n. A form of reflex epilepsy precipitated by seeing certain patterns.
- Patter of tiny feet
noun phrase imminent childbirth; also called pitter-patter of tiny feet Examples My editor will soon hear the patter of tiny feet. Usage Note slang noun phrase Having young children around; also, imminent childbirth
noun 1. a comic song depending for its humorous effect on rapid enunciation of the words, occurring most commonly in comic opera and operetta. noun 1. (music) a humorous song or aria, the text of which consists of rapid strings of words