Definitions for PATCHpætʃ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

patchpætʃ(n.)

  1. a small piece of material used to mend a tear or break, cover a hole, or strengthen a weak place.

  2. a piece of material used to cover or protect a wound, an injured part, etc.

    Category: Medicine

  3. an adhesive patch that applies to the skin and gradually delivers drugs or medication to the user:

    using a nicotine patch to try to quit smoking.

    Category: Medicine

  4. any of the pieces of cloth sewn together to form patchwork.

  5. a small piece, scrap, or area of anything:

    a patch of ice on the road.

  6. a small plot, esp. one in which a specific type of plant grows:

    a cabbage patch.

    Category: Botany

  7. a cloth emblem worn on the sleeve of a military uniform to identify the wearer's unit.

    Category: Military

  8. an organizational or affiliational emblem of cloth sewn to one's jacket, shirt, cap, etc.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  9. a tiny, usu. black piece of material applied to the face or neck, as to set off a feature or to cover a flaw.

    Category: Clothing

  10. a connection or hookup, as between radio circuits or telephone lines.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Radio and Television, Telegraphy and Telephony

  11. (v.t.)to mend, cover, or strengthen with or as if with a patch.

  12. to repair or restore, esp. in a hasty or makeshift way (usu. fol. by up).

  13. to make by joining patches or pieces together:

    to patch a quilt.

  14. to settle or smooth over (a quarrel or difference) (often fol. by up).

  15. (esp. in radio and telephone communications) to connect or hook up (circuits, programs, conversations, etc.) (often fol. by through, into, etc.).

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Telegraphy and Telephony, Radio and Television

  16. (v.i.)to make a connection between radio circuits, telephone lines, etc. (often fol. by in or into).

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Radio and Television, Telegraphy and Telephony

Origin of patch:

1350–1400; ME pacche; perh. akin to OPr pedas piece to cover a hole < VL *pedaceum lit., something measured; cf. ML pedāre to measure in feet; see ped -

patch′er(n.)

patchpætʃ(n.)

  1. clown; fool.

Origin of patch:

1540–50; perh. < It pazzo fool

Princeton's WordNet

  1. spot, speckle, dapple, patch, fleck, maculation(noun)

    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"

  2. plot, plot of land, plot of ground, patch(noun)

    a small area of ground covered by specific vegetation

    "a bean plot"; "a cabbage patch"; "a briar patch"

  3. patch(noun)

    a piece of cloth used as decoration or to mend or cover a hole

  4. while, piece, spell, patch(noun)

    a period of indeterminate length (usually short) marked by some action or condition

    "he was here for a little while"; "I need to rest for a piece"; "a spell of good weather"; "a patch of bad weather"

  5. patch(noun)

    a short set of commands to correct a bug in a computer program

  6. temporary hookup, patch(noun)

    a connection intended to be used for a limited time

  7. mend, patch, darn(noun)

    sewing that repairs a worn or torn hole (especially in a garment)

    "her stockings had several mends"

  8. eyepatch, patch(noun)

    a protective cloth covering for an injured eye

  9. bandage, patch(verb)

    a piece of soft material that covers and protects an injured part of the body

  10. patch, piece(verb)

    to join or unite the pieces of

    "patch the skirt"

  11. patch(verb)

    provide with a patch; also used metaphorically

    "The field was patched with snow"

  12. patch, patch up(verb)

    mend by putting a patch on

    "patch a hole"

  13. piece, patch(verb)

    repair by adding pieces

    "She pieced the china cup"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. patch(noun)ætʃ

    a part of a surface that is different from the area around it

    dangerous icy patches on the road; a patch of dry skin

  2. patchætʃ

    a piece of material sewn over a tear in a piece of clothing

    a patch on her jeans

  3. patchætʃ

    an object worn over one eye for protection

    an eye patch

  4. patchætʃ

    software used on a computer to improve its performance

    to download a patch

  5. patchætʃ

    a period of time with problems

    a rough patch in their marriage

  6. patch(verb)ætʃ

    to sew a patch onto a tear in a piece of clothing

Wiktionary

  1. patch(Noun)

    A paltry fellow; a rogue; a ninny; a fool.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Patch(noun)

    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

  2. Patch(noun)

    a small piece of anything used to repair a breach; as, a patch on a kettle, a roof, etc

  3. Patch(noun)

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

  4. Patch(noun)

    a piece of greased cloth or leather used as wrapping for a rifle ball, to make it fit the bore

  5. Patch(noun)

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

  6. Patch(noun)

    a block on the muzzle of a gun, to do away with the effect of dispart, in sighting

  7. Patch(noun)

    a paltry fellow; a rogue; a ninny; a fool

  8. Patch(verb)

    to mend by sewing on a piece or pieces of cloth, leather, or the like; as, to patch a coat

  9. Patch(verb)

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

  10. Patch(verb)

    to adorn, as the face, with a patch or patches

  11. Patch(verb)

    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

Freebase

  1. Patch

    A patch is a piece of software designed to fix problems with, or update a computer program or its supporting data. This includes fixing security vulnerabilities and other bugs, and improving the usability or performance. Though meant to fix problems, poorly designed patches can sometimes introduce new problems. In some special cases updates may knowingly break the functionality, for instance, by removing components for which the update provider is no longer licensed or disabling a device. Patch management is the process of using a strategy and plan of what patches should be applied to which systems at a specified time.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. patch

    1. n. A temporary addition to a piece of code, usually as a quick-and-dirty remedy to an existing bug or misfeature. A patch may or may not work, and may or may not eventually be incorporated permanently into the program. Distinguished from a diff or mod by the fact that a patch is generated by more primitive means than the rest of the program; the classical examples are instructions modified by using the front panel switches, and changes made directly to the binary executable of a program originally written in an HLL. Compare one-line fix. 2. vt. To insert a patch into a piece of code. 3. [in the Unix world] n. A diff (sense 2). 4. A set of modifications to binaries to be applied by a patching program. IBM operating systems often receive updates to the operating system in the form of absolute hexadecimal patches. If you have modified your OS, you have to disassemble these back to the source. The patches might later be corrected by other patches on top of them (patches were said to “grow scar tissue”). The result was often a convoluted patch space and headaches galore. 5. [Unix] the patch(1) program, written by Larry Wall, which automatically applies a patch (sense 3) to a set of source code.There is a classic story of a tiger team penetrating a secure military computer that illustrates the danger inherent in binary patches (or, indeed, any patches that you can't — or don't — inspect and examine before installing). They couldn't find any trap doors or any way to penetrate security of IBM's OS, so they made a site visit to an IBM office (remember, these were official military types who were purportedly on official business), swiped some IBM stationery, and created a fake patch. The patch was actually the trapdoor they needed. The patch was distributed at about the right time for an IBM patch, had official stationery and all accompanying documentation, and was dutifully installed. The installation manager very shortly thereafter learned something about proper procedures.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'PATCH' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2990

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'PATCH' in Nouns Frequency: #1575


Translations for PATCH

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

patch(noun)

a piece of material sewn on to cover a hole

She sewed a patch on the knee of her jeans.

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