Patch meaning

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Patch means a piece of material used to cover, fix or protect.

An example of a patch is a fabric butterfly sewn over a hole in a pair of jeans.

An example of a patch is what fictional pirate's often wear over one eye.

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Patch is defined as to repair or piece together.

An example of patch is fixing the hole in a tent.

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An indefinite period of time; a spell.

Weathered a difficult patch after losing his job.

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To put a patch or patches on.

Patched my pants.

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To make by sewing scraps of material together.

Patch a quilt.

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To mend, repair, or put together, especially hastily, clumsily, or poorly.

They patched together the broken statues with glue and plaster. The delegates will be forced to patch up their differences.

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To connect temporarily (electronic components), as with a patch cord.
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To correct a bug in (an item of software), especially as a temporary correction between releases.
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To be connected temporarily.
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A piece of material applied to cover or mend a hole or tear or to strengthen a weak spot.
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A small plot of ground.

A potato patch.

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An indefinite period of time that is relatively short and of a specified character.

A rough patch in their marriage.

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A number of instructions added to a program that has already been translated into machine language, as to correct an error.
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An adhesive pad containing a drug or hormone that is to be steadily absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream.
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To put a patch or patches on.
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To serve as a patch for.
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To form or make by the use of patches.

To patch a quilt.

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To produce or piece together roughly, crudely, or hurriedly.
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To make electronic connections, as with patch cords.
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A court jester.
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Any clown or fool.
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A small circumscribed area differing from the surrounding surface.
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A dressing or covering applied to protect a wound or sore.
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A transdermal patch.
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A temporary, removable electronic connection, as one between two components in a communications system.
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A piece of code added to software in order to fix a bug, especially as a temporary correction between two versions of the same software.
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A modification (noun) of software or to modify (verb) software. In the past, a patch used to mean changing actual executable, machine instructions, but today more often than not, it means replacing an executable module in its entirety such as an .EXE or .DLL file. A profusion of patches to an application implies that its logic was poorly designed in the first place.Although the term typically refers to fixing a problem, a patch may also refer to a general enhancement because the two scenarios have become blurred. For example, a security "enhancement" is often a fix for a vulnerability in the program. In addition, software vendors like to announce something new in an update other than just fixing problems. Therefore, applying patches often refers to both fixes and new features. See patch management and spaghetti code. See also MIDI patch.
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A quick, unscheduled fix for a bug, security hole, or other deficiency or defect in a program. Patches are incorporated into subsequent program upgrades. See also bug, bug fix, update, and upgrade.
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The definition of a patch is a small area that's different from what's around it.

An example of a patch is small area of grass in the middle of a parking lot.

An example of a patch is a red wine stain on white carpet.

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A dressing applied to a wound or sore.
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A pad or shield worn over an eye, as for protection.
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A surface area differing from its surroundings in nature or appearance.

Patches of snow on the ground.

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A small cloth badge affixed to a garment as a decoration or an insignia, as of a military unit.
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A temporary, removable electronic connection, as one between two components in a communications system.
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A piece of code added to software in order to fix a bug, especially as a temporary correction between two releases.
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The connection of two circuits, pieces of electronic equipment, etc. with a cable (patch cord) having plugs or clips on each end, specif. such a connection (phone patch) of telephone and radio equipment.
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not a patch on
  • Not nearly so good as; not of comparable quality as.
    The sequel is not a patch on the original movie.
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patch up
  • To bring to an end or settle (differences, a quarrel, etc.).
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of patch

  • Middle English pacche perhaps alteration of pece, pecche piece piece

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