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"
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"
a piece of cloth used as decoration or to mend or cover a hole
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"
a short set of commands to correct a bug in a computer program
temporary hookup, patch(noun)
a connection intended to be used for a limited time
mend, patch, darn(noun)
sewing that repairs a worn or torn hole (especially in a garment)
"her stockings had several mends"
a protective cloth covering for an injured eye
a piece of soft material that covers and protects an injured part of the body
to join or unite the pieces of
"patch the skirt"
provide with a patch; also used metaphorically
"The field was patched with snow"
patch, patch up(verb)
mend by putting a patch on
"patch a hole"
repair by adding pieces
"She pieced the china cup"
A paltry fellow; a rogue; a ninny; a fool.
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
a small piece of anything used to repair a breach; as, a patch on a kettle, a roof, etc
a small piece of black silk stuck on the face, or neck, to hide a defect, or to heighten beauty
a piece of greased cloth or leather used as wrapping for a rifle ball, to make it fit the bore
fig.: Anything regarded as a patch; a small piece of ground; a tract; a plot; as, scattered patches of trees or growing corn
a block on the muzzle of a gun, to do away with the effect of dispart, in sighting
a paltry fellow; a rogue; a ninny; a fool
to mend by sewing on a piece or pieces of cloth, leather, or the like; as, to patch a coat
to mend with pieces; to repair with pieces festened on; to repair clumsily; as, to patch the roof of a house
to adorn, as the face, with a patch or patches
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
Origin: [OE. pacche; of uncertain origin, perh. for placche; cf. Prov. E. platch patch, LG. plakk, plakke.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
pach, v.t. to mend by putting in a piece: to repair clumsily: to make up of pieces: to make hastily.—n. a piece sewed or put on to mend a defect: anything like a patch: a small piece of ground: a plot: (Shak.) a paltry fellow, a fool—properly a jester: (print.) an overlay to obtain a stronger impression: a small piece of black silk, &c., stuck by ladies on the face, to bring out the complexion by contrast—common in the 17th and 18th centuries.—adj. Patch′able.—ns. Patch′-box, a fancy box for holding the patches worn on the face, generally having a mirror inside the lid; Patch′er, one who patches; Patch′ery (Shak.), bungling work; Patch′work, work formed of patches or pieces sewed together: work patched up or clumsily executed.—adj. Patch′y, covered with patches: inharmonious, incongruous.—Not a patch on, not fit to be compared with. [Low Ger. patschen; prob. conn. with piece.]
The New Hacker's Dictionary
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
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'PATCH' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2990
Rank popularity for the word 'PATCH' in Nouns Frequency: #1575
The numerical value of PATCH in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of PATCH in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
It's over the patch, wearing that patch in that state. It's based on that, period.
Because of that, we were only able to pass a two-month patch and may be forced to yet another short-term patch in the future.
Our view is that we get a pretty clear signal that the first-quarter soft patch was just that, a temporary soft patch that will subside and we will get a bit of a bounce back.
We're still suffering from the misery of the OPEC decision. The Canadian oil patch is really taking it on the chin, it will take a little time for this shock to work its way through.
If there comes a little thaw, Still the air is chill and raw, Here and there a patch of snow, Dirtier than the ground below, Dribbles down a marshy flood Ankle-deep you stick in mud In the meadows while you sing, This is Spring.
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Translations for PATCH
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- záplata, náplastCzech
- lap, jordstykke, bedDanish
- Flicken, PatchGerman
- پینه, وصلهPersian
- liittää, paikata, improvisoida, palsta, kausi, korjaustiedosto, tilkku, etutähtäin, pätsi, paikka, kauneuspilkku, maatilkku, side, laastari, ajanjakso, jyvä, yhdyskaapeli, paikkaus, lääkelaastari, paikkailla, kytkeäFinnish
- rattoppo, toppa, pezza, panno, neo finto, straccio, rammendare, rattoppareItalian
- 패치, 밭Korean
- tapi, kānihi, tawake, rau tawake, pūrei kohu, pūrei ao, āpure, tiwha, pāpaki, tāpāMāori
- remendo, remendarPortuguese
- клочок, заплата, заплатка, повязка, патч, пэтч, апдейт, латкаRussian
- латка, латаUkrainian
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