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patter

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patterpat‧ter1 /ˈpætə $ -ər/ verb [intransitive]  CHITif something, especially water, patters, it makes quiet sounds as it keeps hitting a surface lightly and quicklypatter on rain pattering on the window panes
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patterHe liked rain in September, its calm gray pattering.I could hear feet shuffling and pattering about upstairs.A small fountain pattered gently in the big reception hall.They could hear the rain pattering in the grass and bouncing off the roof of the jeep.Outside the rain pattered lightly on the window, and in the room there was a great sense of tranquillity.There was a sound of stir all over the house, pattering of feet in the corridors.Raindrops were pattering on the car roof.A few raindrops patter on the roof.It pattered quietly in the distance, each small wave softly succeeding the next.And the old fountain, now green with moss and algae, made a sweet, pattering sound.patter onRain pattered on the tin roof of the shack.
Related topics: Colours & sounds
patterpatter2 noun  1 [singular]CHIT the sound made by something as it keeps hitting a surface lightly and quicklypatter of the patter of footsteps the pitter-patter of raindrops2 [singular, uncountable]TALK TO somebody fast, continuous, and usually amusing talk, used by someone telling jokes or trying to sell something It’s difficult to look at the cars without getting the sales patter.3 the patter of tiny feet
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patterPaula Curry was good at hiding discomfort behind easy patter, but the strain was starting to tell.My thoughts wandered as the tour guide began his patter.The tour guide begins his patter on Forty-sixth.While you are doing this trick it's a good idea to invent a little patter.a salesman's patterAs I hurried I heard the scrabbling patter of the wolves closing in.the patter of mice in the atticIt was drizzling very lightly, and I could hear the tiny patter of small raindrops.Dennis was knocking the stuff back like lager, not even bothering with his usual patter.patter ofthe patter of raindrops
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Verb table
patter
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theypatter
he, she, itpatters
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theypattered
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave pattered
he, she, ithas pattered
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad pattered
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill patter
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have pattered
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam pattering
he, she, itis pattering
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you, we, theyare pattering
Past
I, he, she, itwas pattering
you, we, theywere pattering
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been pattering
he, she, ithas been pattering
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been pattering
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be pattering
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been pattering
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