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Meaning of patch by Wiktionary Dictionary

patch


    Pronunciation

    • IPA: /pætʃ/
    • Rhymes: -ætʃ

    Etymology 1

    From Middle English pacche, of uncertain origin .

    Noun

    patch ( plural: patches )

    1. A piece of cloth, or other suitable material, sewed or otherwise fixed upon a garment to repair or strengthen it, especially upon an old garment to cover a hole .
      His sleeves had patches on the elbows where different fabric had been sewn on to replace material that had worn away .
    2. A small piece of anything used to repair damage or a breach; as, a patch on a kettle, a roof, etc .
      I can't afford to replace the roof, which is what it really needs. I'll have the roofer apply a patch .
    3. A repair intended to be used for a limited time; ( differs from previous usage in that it is intended to be a temporary fix and the size of the repair is irrelevant ).
      This usage can mean that the repair is temporary because it is an early but necessary step in the process of properly, completely repairing something,
      Before you can fix a dam, you have to apply a patch to the hole so that everything can dry off.
      or that it is temporary because it is not meant to last long or will be removed as soon as a proper repair can be made, which will happen in the near future .
      "This patch should hold until you reach the city," the mechanic said as he patted the car's hood .
    4. A small, usually contrasting but always somehow different or distinct, part of something else ( location, time, size );
      The world economy had a rough patch in the 1930s .
      The storms last summer washed away parts of the road so we can expect some rough patches up ahead .
      To me, a normal cow is white with black patches, but Sarah's from Texas and most of the cows there have solid brown, black, or red coats .
      Doesn't that patch of clouds looks like a bunny?
      I lost my locket in this patch of grass here .
      When ice skating, be sure to stay away from reeds, there's always thin patches of ice there and you could fall through .
      I never get first place because on track eight, right after you pass the windmill, there's a patch of oil in the road that always gets me .
    5. A small piece of black silk stuck on the face, or neck to heighten beauty; as in, imitation beauty mark .
    6. ( medicine ) A piece of material used to cover a wound .
    7. ( medicine ) An adhesive piece of material, impregnated with a drug, which is worn on the skin; the drug being slowly absorbed over a period of time .
      Many people use a nicotine patch to wean themselves off of nicotine .
    8. ( medicine ) A cover worn over a damaged eye, an eyepatch .
      He had scratched his cornea so badly that his doctor told him to wear a patch .
    9. A block on the muzzle of a gun, to do away with the effect of dispart, in sighting .
    10. ( computing ) A patch file, a file used for input to a patch program or that describes changes made to a computer file or files, usually changes made to a computer program that fix a programming bug .
    11. A small piece of material that is manually passed through a gun barrel to clean it .
    12. A piece of greased cloth or leather used as wrapping for a rifle ball, to make it fit the bore .
    13. ( often patch cable, patch cord, etc.; see also patch panel ) A cable connecting two pieces of electrical equipment .
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    Verb

    patch ( third-person singular simple present patches present participle patching, simple past and past participle patched )

    1. To mend by sewing on a piece or pieces of cloth, leather, or the like; as, to patch a coat .
    2. To mend with pieces; to repair by fastening pieces on .
    3. To make out of pieces or patches, like a quilt .
      I'll need to patch the preamp output to the mixer .
    4. To join or unite the pieces of; to patch the skirt .
    5. A temporary, removable electronic connection, as one between two components in a communications system .
      [the control panel of hovercraft The Logos has lit up after being jumped by The Hammer ]
      Sparky: She lives again .
      Crew member of The Hammer via radio: You want us to patch an uplink to reload the software, Sparky?
      Sparky: Yeah, that'd be swell. And can you clean the windshield while you're at it?
      The Matrix Revolutions, Scene: Starting the Logos, 00:43:09 - 00:43:32
    6. To repair or arrange in a hasty or clumsy manner; – generally with up; as, to patch up a truce .
    7. ( computing ) To make the changes a patch describes; to apply a patch to the files in question. Hence:
      1. To fix or improve a computer program without a complete upgrade .
      2. To make a quick and possibly temporary change to a program .
    8. To connect two pieces of electrical equipment using a cable .
    Synonyms
    • See also Wikisaurus:repair

    See also

    Etymology 2

    Noun

    patch ( plural: patches )

    1. ( archaic ) A paltry fellow; a rogue; a ninny; a fool.
      • 1610, The Tempest, by Shakespeare, act 3 scene 2
        What a pied ninny's this! Thou scurvy patch!

    External links

    • patch in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • patch in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
    • patch at OneLook Dictionary Search

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Explanation of patch by Wordnet Dictionary

patch


    Verb
    1. repair by adding pieces

    2. mend by putting a patch on

    3. patch a hole
    4. to join or unite the pieces of

    5. patch the skirt
    6. provide with a patch

    7. The field was patched with snow
    Noun
    1. a piece of soft material that covers and protects an injured part of the body

    2. a protective cloth covering for an injured eye

    3. sewing that repairs a worn or torn hole ( especially in a garment )

    4. a piece of cloth used as decoration or to mend or cover a hole

    5. a connection intended to be used for a limited time

    6. a small contrasting part of something

    7. a patch of clouds
      patches of thin ice
    8. a short set of commands to correct a bug in a computer program

    9. a small area of ground covered by specific vegetation

    10. a cabbage patch
      a briar patch
    11. a period of indeterminate length ( usually short ) marked by some action or condition

    12. a patch of bad weather


    Definition of patch by GCIDE Dictionary

    patch


    1. Patch n. [OE. pacche; of uncertain origin, perh. for placche; cf. Prov. E. platch patch, LG. plakk, plakke.]
      1. A piece of cloth, or other suitable material, sewed or otherwise fixed upon a garment to repair or strengthen it, esp. upon an old garment to cover a hole.

      Patches set upon a little breach. Shak.

      2. Hence: A small piece of anything used to repair a breach; as, “a patch on a kettle, a roof, etc.”

      3. A small piece of black silk stuck on the face, or neck, to hide a defect, or to heighten beauty.

      Your black patches you wear variously. Beau. & Fl.

      4. ( Gun. ) A piece of greased cloth or leather used as wrapping for a rifle ball, to make it fit the bore.

      5. Fig.: Anything regarded as a patch; a small piece of ground; a tract; a plot; as, “scattered patches of trees or growing corn”.

      Employed about this patch of ground. Bunyan.

      6. ( Mil. ) A block on the muzzle of a gun, to do away with the effect of dispart, in sighting.

      7. A paltry fellow; a rogue; a ninny; a fool. [Obs. or Colloq.] “Thou scurvy patch.” Shak.

      Patch ice, ice in overlapping pieces in the sea. -- Soft patch, a patch for covering a crack in a metallic vessel, as a steam boiler, consisting of soft material, as putty, covered and held in place by a plate bolted or riveted fast.

    2. Patch ( păch ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Patched ( păcht ); p. pr. & vb. n. Patching.]
      1. To mend by sewing on a piece or pieces of cloth, leather, or the like; as, “to patch a coat”.

      2. To mend with pieces; to repair with pieces festened on; to repair clumsily; as, “to patch the roof of a house”.

      3. To adorn, as the face, with a patch or patches.

      Ladies who patched both sides of their faces. Spectator.

      4. To make of pieces or patches; to repair as with patches; to arrange in a hasty or clumsy manner; -- generally with up; as, “to patch up a truce”. “If you'll patch a quarrel.” Shak.