patch

noun (1)
\ˈpach \

Definition of patch 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a piece of material used to mend or cover a hole or a weak spot

2 : a tiny piece of black silk or court plaster worn on the face or neck especially by women to hide a blemish or to heighten beauty

3a : a piece of material (such as adhesive plaster) used medically usually to cover a wound

b : a usually disk-shaped piece of material that is worn on the skin and contains a substance (such as a drug) that is absorbed at a constant rate through the skin into the bloodstream a nicotine patch

c : a shield worn over the socket of an injured or missing eye

4a : a small piece : scrap

b : a part or area distinct from that about it cabbage patch

c : a period of time : spell was going through a rough patch

5 : someone or something equal or comparable usually used in negative constructions the new chairman isn't a patch on his predecessor

6 : a piece of cloth sewed on a garment as an ornament or insignia especially : shoulder patch

7 : a temporary connection in a communication system (such as a telephone hookup)

8 : a minor correction or modification in a computer program

patch

verb
patched; patching; patches

Definition of patch (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to mend, cover, or fill up a hole or weak spot in

2 : to provide with a patch

3a : to make of patches or fragments

b : to mend or put together especially in hasty or shabby fashion usually used with up

c : to apply a patch to (a computer program)

4a : to connect (things, such as circuits) by a patch cord

b : to connect (a person, a message, etc.) to a communication system especially temporarily they patched him into the conference call

patch

noun (2)

Definition of patch (Entry 3 of 3)

: fool, dolt

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Verb

mend, repair, patch, rebuild mean to put into good order something that is injured, damaged, or defective. mend implies making whole or sound something broken, torn, or injured. mended the torn dress repair applies to the fixing of more extensive damage or dilapidation. repaired the back steps patch implies an often temporary fixing of a hole or break with new material. patch worn jeans rebuild suggests making like new without completely replacing. a rebuilt automobile engine

Examples of patch in a Sentence

Verb

The fence needs to be patched. They patched him into the conference call.

First Known Use of patch

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1549, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for patch

Noun (1)

Middle English pacche

Noun (2)

perhaps by folk etymology from Italian dialect paccio

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patch

verb

English Language Learners Definition of patch

: to cover a hole in (something) with a piece of material

: to connect (a person, telephone call, etc.) to a communication system especially for a short period of time

patch

noun
\ˈpach \

Kids Definition of patch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a piece of cloth used to mend or cover a torn or worn place

2 : a small piece or area different from what is around it There is a patch of snow in the yard. Her dog has a patch of white on its head.

patch

verb
patched; patching

Kids Definition of patch (Entry 2 of 2)

: to mend or cover with a piece of cloth

patch up

: to resolve by agreement Let's forget our quarrel and patch things up.

patch

noun
\ˈpach \

Medical Definition of patch 

1a : a piece of material used medically usually to cover a wound or repair a defect — see patch graft

b : a usually disk-shaped piece of material that is worn on the skin and contains a substance (as a drug) that is absorbed at a constant rate through the skin and into the bloodstream a nicotine patch

called also skin patch

c : a shield worn over the socket of an injured or missing eye

2 : a circumscribed region of tissue (as on the skin or in a section from an organ) that differs from the normal color or composition sometimes great white patches develop on the tongue, the cheeks, and the gums— Morris Fishbein

Other Words from patch

patch transitive verb
patchy \ -​ē \ adjective patchier; patchiest

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