Patch Definition

păch
patched, patches, patching
noun
patches
A piece of material applied to cover or mend a hole or tear or to strengthen a weak spot.
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A dressing applied to a wound or sore.
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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 pad or shield worn over an eye, as for protection.
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A small piece of any material; scrap; bit; remnant.
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Synonyms:
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verb
patched, patches, patching
To put a patch or patches on.
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To make electronic connections, as with patch cords.
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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 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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Antonyms:
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idiom
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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Other Word Forms of Patch

Noun

Singular:
patch
Plural:
patches

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Patch

Origin of Patch

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

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

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