soft patch


Definition of soft patch

1 : a patch for a crack in a metallic vessel (such as a steam boiler) consisting of a soft material (such as putty) covered and held in place by a plate bolted or riveted fast
2 : a plate and gasket used as a temporary repair to cover a break or hole in a ship's hull

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“Soft patch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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