- The definition of a pat is a light gentle tap.
An example of a pat is tapping your friend on the back with your hand to tell them they did a good job.
pat definition by Webster's New World
- apt; timely; opportune
- exactly suitable
- so glibly plausible as to seem contrived
- designating a poker hand to which no cards are drawn because of the unlikelihood of improving it
Origin: probably ; from pat
- patness noun
- a quick, gentle tap, touch, or stroke with the hand or some flat object
- the sound made by this
- a small lump or mass, as of butter
- a mass of animal dung: cow pats covered the pasture
Origin: Middle English patte, probably echoic
- to tap, touch, or stroke quickly or gently, esp. with the hand, as in affection, sympathy, or encouragement
- to tap or stroke lightly with something flat
- to flatten, shape, apply, etc. by patting
- to pat a surface
- to move along with a patting sound, as in running
Origin: p(oint) a(fter) t(ouchdown)conversion (sense )
pat definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb pat·ted, pat·ting, pats verb, transitive
- a. To tap gently with the open hand or with something flat.b. To stroke lightly as a gesture of affection.
- To mold by tapping gently with the hands or a flat implement.
- To run or walk with a tapping sound.
- To hit something or against something gently or lightly.
- A light gentle stroke or tap.
- The sound made by a light stroke or tap or by light footsteps.
- A small mass shaped by or as if by patting: a pat of butter.
Origin: From Middle English, a blow, perhaps of imitative origin.
- Trite or glib; superficially complete or satisfactory: A pat answer is not going to satisfy an inquisitive audience.
- a. Timely or opportune.b. Suitable; fitting.
- Games Being a poker hand that is strong enough to make drawing cards unlikely to improve it.
Origin: From pat1.
- patˈly adverb
- patˈness noun
pat - Computer Definition
(Port Address Translation) The most common way network address translation is implemented (see NAT). Also called "NAT overloading," "network address port translation" (NAPT) and "NAT/PAT." PAT assigns a different TCP port number to each client session with a server on the Internet. When responses come back from that server, the source port number becomes the destination port number and determines which user to route the packets to. It also validates that the incoming packets were indeed requested. See NAT traversal, UDP hole punching, private IP address, RSIP and proxy server.
pat - Phrases/Idioms
have (down) pat
- Poker to draw no further cards and play the hand as dealt
- to refuse to turn aside from an opinion, course of action, etc.
pat on the back
- a compliment or encouragement
- to compliment or praise
pat on the back