Definitions for: Patch

[n] a protective cloth covering for an injured eye
[n] sewing that repairs a worn or torn place in a garment
[n] a piece of cloth used as decoration or to mend or cover a hole
[n] a connection intended to be used for a limited time
[n] a small contrasting part of something; "a bald spot"; "a leopard's spots"; "a patch of clouds"; "patches of thin ice"; "a fleck of red"
[n] a short set of commands to correct a bug in a computer program
[n] a small area of ground covered by specific vegetation; "a bean plot"; "a cabbage patch"; "a briar patch"
[v] repair by adding pieces; "She pieced the china cup"
[v] mend or supply with a patch; "patch a hole"
[v] to join or unite the pieces of; "patch the skirt"
[v] provide with a patch; also used metaphorically; "The field was patched with snow"

Webster (1913) Definition: Patch, n. [OE. pacche; of uncertain origin, perh. for
placche; cf. Prov. E. platch patch, LG. plakk, plakke.]
1. A piece of cloth, or other suitable material, sewed or
otherwise fixed upon a garment to repair or strengthen it,
esp. upon an old garment to cover a hole.

Patches set upon a little breach. --Shak.

2. Hence: A small piece of anything used to repair a breach;
as, a patch on a kettle, a roof, etc.

3. A small piece of black silk stuck on the face, or neck, to
hide a defect, or to heighten beauty.

Your black patches you wear variously. --Beau. & Fl.

4. (Gun.) A piece of greased cloth or leather used as
wrapping for a rifle ball, to make it fit the bore.

5. Fig.: Anything regarded as a patch; a small piece of
ground; a tract; a plot; as, scattered patches of trees or
growing corn.

Employed about this patch of ground. --Bunyan.

6. (Mil.) A block on the muzzle of a gun, to do away with the
effect of dispart, in sighting.

7. A paltry fellow; a rogue; a ninny; a fool. [Obs. or
Colloq.] ``Thou scurvy patch.'' --Shak.

Patch ice, ice in overlapping pieces in the sea.

Soft patch, a patch for covering a crack in a metallic
vessel, as a steam boiler, consisting of soft material, as
putty, covered and held in place by a plate bolted or
riveted fast.

Patch, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Patched; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To mend by sewing on a piece or pieces of cloth, leather,
or the like; as, to patch a coat.

2. To mend with pieces; to repair with pieces festened on; to
repair clumsily; as, to patch the roof of a house.

3. To adorn, as the face, with a patch or patches.

Ladies who patched both sides of their faces.

4. To make of pieces or patches; to repair as with patches;
to arrange in a hasty or clumsy manner; -- generally with
up; as, to patch up a truce. ``If you'll patch a
quarrel.'' --Shak.

Synonyms: dapple, eyepatch, fleck, maculation, mend, patch up, piece, piece, plot, plot of ground, speckle, spot, temporary hookup

See Also: bed, bushel, cloth covering, computer program, computer programme, conciliate, conjoin, connecter, connection, connective, connector, connexion, contrivance, doctor, fix, furbish up, furnish, garden, join, lash-up, macula, macule, make up, marking, mend, nebula, parcel, parcel of land, pasties, piece of cloth, piece of ground, piece of land, piece of material, pinpoint, plaque, program, programme, provide, reconcile, render, repair, restore, settle, sewing, shoulder patch, speck, stitchery, supply, touch on, tract, vamp, vamp up

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