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in a holding pattern

1. Literally, of an aircraft, in a continuous, generally circular flight pattern over an airport, as while awaiting clearance to land. Due to a security breach in the airport, our plane was kept in a holding pattern for nearly 45 minutes.
2. In a state or condition of inactivity or stagnancy, leading to little or no change, advancement, or development. Relying solely on derivative sequels, many feel that the video game company has been in a holding pattern in recent years.
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holding pattern

1. Literally, of an aircraft, a continuous, generally circular flight pattern over an airport, as while awaiting clearance to land. Due to a security breach in the airport, our plane was kept in a holding pattern for nearly 45 minutes.
2. A state or condition of inactivity or stagnancy, leading to little or no change, advancement, or development. Relying solely on derivative sequels, many feel that the video game company has been in a holding pattern in recent years
See also: holding, pattern

pattern something after something

to use something as an example or model when making something. I patterned my house after one I saw in England. She wanted to pattern her coat after her mother's.
See also: after, pattern

pattern something on something

to use something as a model for something else. Try to pattern your sales speech on Jane's. She's got it just right. We patterned our approach on Bob's.
See also: on, pattern

pattern on

or pattern after
v.
To form, develop, or found something on the basis of something else; fashion something after something else: The country patterned its legal system on French civil law. These lesson plans are patterned after the ones I learned at graduate school.
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ASML expects double patterning techniques to be used by customers with aggressive shrink roadmaps who apply regular patterns such as memories.
Techniques such as surface patterning have facilitated the emergence of advanced polymers with applications in areas such as microelectronics.
These are complemented by chapters on particular patterning techniques such as soft lithography, ion beam patterning, the use of nanostencils, photolithography and inkjet printing.
Papers dealing with optical extension through resolution enhancement dominated this year's conference, reflecting the chip-making industry's growing conviction that patterning with conventional optics will be the most viable lithography method for many years to come.
3), then a simple binary mask for rough outline patterning, IDEAL achieves a multi-level exposure dose at the wafer plane.
NASDAQ: ETEC), a leader in patterning solutions for the worldwide semiconductor and electronics industries, today announced that the technical specification for its Mode 5(TM) format was distributed to licensees in preparation for the industry roll-out of this new pattern file format.