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patch

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noun \ˈpach\

Definition of patch

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

  2. 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. 3 a :  a piece of material (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 (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. 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. 5 :  someone or something equal or comparable —usually used in negative constructions <the new chairman isn't a patch on his predecessor>

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

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

  8. 8 :  a minor correction or modification in a computer program

Origin and Etymology of patch

Middle English pacche


First Known Use: 14th century


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patch

verb

Definition of patch

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to mend, cover, or fill up a hole or weak spot in

  3. 2 :  to provide with a patch

  4. 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)

  5. 4 a :  to connect (as circuits) by a patch cord b :  to connect (as a person or message) to a communication system especially temporarily <they patched him into the conference call>

Examples of patch in a sentence

  1. The fence needs to be patched.

  2. They patched him into the conference call.

15th Century

First Known Use of patch

15th century

Synonym Discussion of 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>.

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patch

noun

Definition of patch

  1. :  fool, dolt

Origin and Etymology of patch

perhaps by folk etymology from Italian dialect paccio


First Known Use: 1549



PATCH Defined for English Language Learners


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patch

verb

Definition of patch for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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patch

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noun \ˈpach\

Definition of patch for Students

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

  2. 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.>


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patch

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verb

Definition of patch for Students

patched

patching

  1. :  to mend or cover with a piece of cloth

patch up

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


Medical Dictionary

patch

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noun \ˈpach\

Medical Definition of patch

  1. 1a:  a piece of material used medically usually to cover a wound or repair a defect—see patch graftb:  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 patchc:  a shield worn over the socket of an injured or missing eye

  2. 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>

patch

transitive verb

patchy

\-ē\play adjective

patchier

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