pat


1pat

noun \ˈpat\

: an act of lightly touching someone or something with your hand to show affection or approval

: a small, flat, usually square piece of something (such as butter)

Full Definition of PAT

1
:  a light blow especially with the hand or a flat instrument
2
:  a light tapping often rhythmical sound
3
:  something (as butter) shaped into a small flat usually square individual portion
pat on the back
:  an expression of approval

Examples of PAT

  1. She gave the dog a quick pat.

Origin of PAT

Middle English patte, probably of imitative origin
First Known Use: 15th century

2pat

adverb

: learned completely or perfectly

Full Definition of PAT

:  in a pat manner :  aptly, perfectly <has her part down pat>

Examples of PAT

  1. <after months of practicing for the competition, the cheerleaders have their moves down pat>

First Known Use of PAT

1578

3pat

verb

: to lightly touch (someone or something) with your hand usually several times in order to show affection or approval or to provide comfort

: to flatten, smooth, or shape (something) by lightly pressing on it with your hand

: to lightly press (something) several times until it is dry

pat·tedpat·ting

Full Definition of PAT

transitive verb
1
:  to strike lightly with a flat instrument
2
:  to flatten, smooth, or put into place or shape with light blows
3
:  to tap or stroke gently with the hand to soothe, caress, or show approval
intransitive verb
:  to strike or beat gently

Examples of PAT

  1. The child gently patted the dog's head.
  2. He patted my knee and told me everything would be fine.
  3. He patted his hair down.
  4. She patted the dough into a square.
  5. He patted the lettuce dry with a paper towel.

First Known Use of PAT

1591

4pat

adjective

: said or done without any real thought or effort to be truthful or original

Full Definition of PAT

1
a :  exactly suited to the purpose or occasion :  apt
b :  suspiciously appropriate :  contrived <a pat ending>
2
:  learned, mastered, or memorized exactly
4
:  reduced to a simple or mechanical form :  standard, trite <pat answers>

Examples of PAT

  1. The movie's pat ending was a disappointment.
  2. His explanation was too pat to be believable.

First Known Use of PAT

1646

5pat

abbreviation

Definition of PAT

patent

PAT

abbreviation

Definition of PAT

point after touchdown

Other Field and Goal Sports Terms

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