Pat meaning

păt
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.

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To mold by tapping gently with the hands or a flat implement.
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A light gentle stroke or tap.
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Being a poker hand that is strong enough to make drawing cards unlikely to improve it.
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A quick, gentle tap, touch, or stroke with the hand or some flat object.
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(Australia, New Zealand) To stroke or fondle (an animal).

Do you want to pat the cat?

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To run or walk with a tapping sound.
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The sound made by a light stroke or tap or by light footsteps.
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A small mass shaped by or as if by patting.

A pat of butter.

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Readily or perfectly as a result of memorization or familiarization.

They've got the system down pat. He has the lesson pat.

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Point after touchdown.
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Patent.
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Apt; timely; opportune.
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Exactly suitable.
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So glibly plausible as to seem contrived.
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Designating a poker hand to which no cards are drawn because of the unlikelihood of improving it.
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In a pat manner.
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The sound made by this.
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A small lump or mass, as of butter.
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A mass of animal dung.
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To flatten, shape, apply, etc. by patting.
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To pat a surface.
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To move along with a patting sound, as in running.
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Patent.
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Patented.
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Patent.
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(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.
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To (gently) tap the flat of one's hand on a person or thing.

To show affection, he decided he would pat the boy on the head.

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To hit lightly and repeatedly with the flat of the hand to make smooth or flat.

I patted the cookie dough into shape.

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To gently rain.
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Timely, suitable, apt, opportune, ready for the occasion; especially of things spoken.

A pat expression.

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The sound of a light slap or tap with a soft flat object, especially of a footstep.
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A light tap or slap, especially with the hands.
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A flattish lump of soft matter, especially butter or dung.
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Opportunely, in a timely or suitable way.
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He has the routine down pat.

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(knitting) Pattern.
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APT, ap't, apt, apt., ATP, PTA, TAP, tap.
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A short form of the female given name Patricia.
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A short form of the male given name Patrick.
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To hit something or against something gently or lightly.
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Trite, being superficially complete, lacking originality.
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pat on the back
  • An expression or gesture of praise or approval:.
    Let's give them a pat on the back for doing a good job.
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have (down) pat
  • To know or have memorized thoroughly.
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stand pat
  • To draw no further cards and play the hand as dealt.
  • To refuse to turn aside from an opinion, course of action, etc.
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pat someone down
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pat on the back
  • A compliment or encouragement.
  • To compliment or praise.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

have (down) pat
pat someone down

Origin of pat

  • From Middle English a blow perhaps of imitative origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From pat

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English *patten, alteration (with loss of medial l) of Middle English platten, pletten (“to pat"), from Old English plættan (“to buffet, strike, slap, smack, to give a sounding blow"), from Proto-Germanic *plat- (“to strike, beat"), from Proto-Indo-European *b(e)lad-, *b(e)led- (“to strike, beat"). Cognate with Middle Dutch platten, pletten (“to strike, bruise, crush, rub"), German platzen (“to split, burst, break up"), Bavarian patzen (“to pat"), Swedish plätta, pjätta (“to pat, tap"). For loss of l, compare patch for platch; pate for plate, etc. See plat.

    From Wiktionary