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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) on (something else)

To use something as the template or model for the way in which something else is created or developed. The mayor's ambitious social security plan is patterned after a similar system already in place in Sweden. You can pattern your lesson plans after ones from previous teachers.
See also: on, pattern

pattern (something) after (something else)

To use something as the template or model for the way in which something else is created or developed. The mayor's ambitious social security plan is patterned after a similar system already in place in Sweden. You can pattern your lesson plans after ones from previous teachers.
See also: after, 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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Many times blame is placed on the designer or pattern company for making a design that doesn't fit, but this is unfair, it's impossible to make a pattern that fits every individual body type.
Don't be surprised if you need a pattern several sizes bigger than what you wear in off-the-rack clothing.
Palindromic pattern 1221 and Tautonymic pattern 5656
Several efficient frequent graph pattern mining algorithms [1,2,3,4,5,6,7] have been proposed.
Patterns are machined in the ICT building and transferred to the metalcasting facility next door.
Before deciding whether the water vapor at a location should add another morsel of ice to the expanding flake, the algorithm deduces from the pattern on the grid, for example, whether a location on the ice crystal's edge sits in a pit, on a protrusion, or at a straight boundary.
The resulting color pattern is like a chemical fingerprint.
The use of pattern evidence may not only affect taxpayers that choose to contest transactions, but also taxpayers that have elected to settle their tax shelter transactions.
A behavioral historian may come to a topic by observing a contemporary phenomenon--I got engaged in what proved to be an interesting exploration of the history of posture by watching my kids slouch and realizing that I never criticized them about this, in contrast to my father who (abortively) urged correctives on me at a somewhat earlier phase in the deterioration of modern American stance; or the contemporary link may be suggested by more orthodox historical inquiry, beginning at the beginning and leading to a delineation of the relevant current pattern.
That same year, the first Pattern Languages of Programs conference was held and the following year, the Portland Pattern Repository was set up for documentation of design patterns.
A design pattern (henceforth "pattern") can be applied to various structural forms.
The LTO time-based servo pattern is used to align recording heads during read/write operations (Figure 1).
coli O157:H7 isolates that were indistinguishable from PulseNet pattern EXHX01.
the use of a pattern that unlocks that truth and both presents it to the