One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Crystallography. An X-ray diffraction pattern produced by the Debye–Scherrer method.
2Physics. A pattern formed by the settling of a colloidal magnetic powder on a magnetized solid, which is indicative of the magnetic domain structure of the solid.
1920s. From powder + pattern.
powder pattern/ˈpaʊdə ˌpatn/
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