One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(of a firearm) capable of firing several shots in succession without reloading.
- ‘A man firing a repeating rifle faces a man wielding a sword.’
- ‘Lockhart's sidekick Charley, a half-Apache, has gone to question his relatives about the repeating rifles being sold to them in the area.’
- ‘The columns shift in a laterally repeating rainbow sequence of 50 colors taken from an ink-marker assortment on a white ground.’
2(of a pattern) recurring uniformly over a surface.
- ‘The first was pitched somewhere between sport and swing dance, with lifts and rollovers in fluid, repeating patterns.’
- ‘What seems a random pattern of painstakingly rendered cuts in the paper is in fact a nine-times repeating pattern made from a rubber matrix print containing the Pollock-like marks.’
- ‘Various framing devices - decorative elements or fan shapes - set off the central images, and repeating patterns often give the effect of looking through a kaleidoscope.’
- ‘This extends from the digital dot of the printing process to the larger scale of the repeating pattern, the panel, and the facade openings.’
- ‘Seen together in the gallery, the paintings produced the overall effect of an astonishing installation piece, as the repeating silhouettes established a dialogue of form from one canvas to the next.’
- ‘But high, blacked-out ceilings and a pattern of exposed concrete cylinders are balanced by a repeating carpet pattern.’
- ‘The idea of repeating variations on a single geometric form in a building at all scales from the overall site plan to interior ornamental detail was central to Wright's concept of an organic architecture.’
- ‘The 10-canvas Sequence pushes this logic further, repeating forms in positive and negative, plan and projection.’
- ‘Under white mindwinter sun the air's bleached fabric is stamped with a repeating pattern of black-and-grey-striped cats and still-wet golden berries.’
- ‘It features dreadfully long and boring ‘action’ sequences comprised mostly of repeating footage of men firing pistols in the dark.’
- ‘If we want an asphalt texture to convincingly cover a parking lot, it's well worth the time and effort to work on the edge detail until the seams are invisible and any repeating patterns are kept to a minimum.’
- ‘They are designed to be cut at regular intervals (often indicated by a vertical row of a small scissors included in the repeating pattern), resulting in scarves of a standard size.’
- ‘One of the things that makes ordinary quilts so likable is the way that they typically frame a wealth of detail in smallish, repeating patterns.’
- ‘The repeating, geometric patterns of the tire treads have likewise been linked to traditional African textiles and scarification rituals.’
- ‘The repeating segments create loops and coils that visually reside on the surface of each panel and mingle with surrounding passages of more abstract ornament.’
- ‘Hardware and software - metal and light and sound - mingled in endlessly surprising ways (though the projections and audio ran on a repeating loop).’
- ‘They are generally made of cotton, rayon, or a cotton-rayon blend, and include an overall pattern of repeating designs, often with a central medallion, surrounded by a decorative border.’
- ‘In her new work here, Ryan used split birch panels whose repeating wood-grain patterns provided both a surface to paint on and a formal catalyst to paint from.’
- ‘Emphatically linear, the works are open, repeating forms that respond to the industrial landscape of northern Indiana, an area he drives through daily to reach Gary from his Chicago home.’
- ‘Terrain is tile-based, but our process allows for each tile to be unique, so there are no visible repeating patterns.’
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