patch

1 of 3

noun (1)

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
3
a
: 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
4
a
: 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

2 of 3

verb

patched; patching; patches

transitive verb

1
: to mend, cover, or fill up a hole or weak spot in
2
: to provide with a patch
3
a
: 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)
4
a
: 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

3 of 3

noun (2)

: fool, dolt
Choose the Right Synonym for patch

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

Noun (1) a black cat with a small patch of white next to her nose a patch of land hardly big enough for a garden Verb The fence needs to be patched. They patched him into the conference call.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
One telltale sign of high solar activity is sunspots, small patches of twisted magnetic fields on the sun. Jeffrey Kluger, TIME, 15 May 2024 Read Next World Gardener weeding a raspberry patch unearths 4,500-year-old tool in Poland. Aspen Pflughoeft, Miami Herald, 15 May 2024 If not, Google says the patch should automatically arrive in the coming days and weeks. Michael Kan, PCMAG, 10 May 2024 Certain civilizations experienced rough patches at the beginning of the Iron Age, especially ancient Greece. Jack Knudson, Discover Magazine, 10 May 2024 The software patch was also announced at the same time. Andrew Paul, Popular Science, 9 May 2024 Shale Evangelist Sheffield has been a rare outspoken leader in the US shale patch, frequently appearing in media interviews and industry conferences. Kevin Crowley, Fortune, 2 May 2024 Fennel isn't a good companion for most garden vegetables and should be grown in a little patch or pot by itself. Steve Bender, Southern Living, 2 May 2024 Treat yourself to luxe under-eye patches to apply at the end of a long flight. Gabrielle Porcaro, Travel + Leisure, 4 May 2024
Verb
What followed was years of painstaking work by volunteers who helped patch the ship up and get it into proper working order again. Tom Rivers, ABC News, 18 May 2024 The above updates will arrive via updates to Google Play Services, a set of system libraries that Google can patch automatically even on ancient phones; Google only dropped Play Services support for the 2013-vintage Android 4.4 KitKat last July. Rob Pegoraro, PCMAG, 15 May 2024 The two weren't able to patch things up by the reunion's end, sadly. Dave Quinn, Peoplemag, 13 May 2024 Crouch has scrupulously tried to patch over the conceptual holes and anticipate your objections. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2024 One man had a deep gash on his leg that was pouring blood until medics patched him up. Connor Sheets, Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2024 And now, Seed has patched that heartbreak by understanding that parallels between them extend far outside physiology. Carlos Aguilar, Variety, 3 May 2024 These caffeine eye patches from Good Molecules brighten and hydrate the skin in just 10 minutes. Enjanae' Taylor, Southern Living, 2 May 2024 Sony is expecting game developers to have a single package that will support both the PS5 and PS5 Pro consoles, with existing games able to be patched for higher performance. Tom Warren, The Verge, 15 Apr. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

Middle English pacche

Noun (2)

perhaps by folk etymology from Italian dialect paccio

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of patch was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Patch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/patch. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

patch

1 of 2 noun
1
: a piece of material used to mend or cover a hole, a torn place, or a weak spot
2
: a shield (as of cloth) worn over an injured eye
3
: a small piece : scrap
4
a
: a small area or plot different from its surroundings
a patch of oats
a patch of blistered skin
b
: a spot of color : blotch
5
: a piece of cloth worn (as on the shoulder of a uniform) as an ornament or insignia

patch

2 of 2 verb
1
: to mend, cover, or fill up a hole or weak spot in
2
: to provide with a patch
3
a
: to make out of patches
b
: to mend or put together especially hastily or clumsily
c
: to deal with successfully : settle
usually used with up
patched up their differences

Medical Definition

patch

noun
1
a
: 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 gumsMorris Fishbein
patch transitive verb
patchy adjective
patchier; patchiest

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