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Princeton's WordNet

  1. spot, speckle, dapple, patch, fleck, maculationnoun

    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, patchnoun

    a small area of ground covered by specific vegetation

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

  3. patchnoun

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

  4. while, piece, spell, patchnoun

    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. patchnoun

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

  6. temporary hookup, patchnoun

    a connection intended to be used for a limited time

  7. mend, patch, darnnoun

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

    "her stockings had several mends"

  8. eyepatch, patchnoun

    a protective cloth covering for an injured eye

  9. bandage, patchverb

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

  10. patch, pieceverb

    to join or unite the pieces of

    "patch the skirt"

  11. patchverb

    provide with a patch; also used metaphorically

    "The field was patched with snow"

  12. patch, patch upverb

    mend by putting a patch on

    "patch a hole"

  13. piece, patchverb

    repair by adding pieces

    "She pieced the china cup"


  1. patchnoun

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PATCHnoun

    Etymology: pezzo, Italian.

    Patches set upon a little breach,
    Discredit more in hiding of the flaw,
    Than did the flaw before it was so patch’d. William Shakespeare.

    If the shoe be ript, or patches put;
    He’s wounded! see the plaister on his foot. Dryden.

    They suffer their minds to appear in a pie-bald livery of coarse patches and borrowed shreds, such as the common opinion of those they converse with clothe them in. John Locke.

    How! providence! and yet a Scottish crew!
    Then madam nature wears black patches too. John Cleveland.

    If to every common funeral,
    By your eyes martyr’d, such grace were allow’d,
    Your face wou’d wear not patches, but a cloud. John Suckling.

    They were patched differently, and cast hostile glances upon one another, and their patches were placed in different situations as party-signals to distinguish friends from foes. Addis.

    This the morning omens seem’d to tell;
    Thrice from my trembling hand the patch-box fell. Alexander Pope.

    We go to gain a little patch of ground,
    That hath in it no profit but the name. William Shakespeare.

    What a py’d ninny’s this? thou scurvy patch! William Shakespeare.

  2. To Patchverb

    Etymology: pudtzer, Danish; pezzare, Italian.

    They would think themselves miserable in a patched coat, and yet their minds appear in a pie-bald livery of coarse patches and borrowed shreds. John Locke.

    In the middle boxes, were several ladies who patched both sides of their faces. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 81.

    We begg’d her but to patch her face,
    She never hit one proper place. Jonathan Swift.

    Any thing mended, is but patch’d. William Shakespeare.

    Physick can but mend our crazy state,
    Patch an old building, not a new create. Dryden.

    Broken limbs, common prudence sends us to the surgeons to piece and patch up. Roger L'Estrange.

    If we seek to judge of those times, which the scriptures set us down without error, by the reigns of the Assyrian princes, we shall but patch up the story at adventure, and leave it in confusion. Walter Raleigh, History of the World.

    His glorious end was a patch’d work of fate,
    Ill sorted with a soft effeminate life. Dryden.

    There is that visible symmetry in a human body, as gives an intrinsick evidence, that it was not formed successively and patched up by piece-meal. Richard Bentley, Sermons.

    Enlarging an author’s sense, and building fancies of our own upon his foundation, we may call paraphrasing; but more properly changing, adding, patching, piecing. Henry Felton.


  1. patch

    Pembrokeshire Action To Combat Hardship (PATCH), formerly Milford Action To Combat Hardship (MATCH), is a British non-profit Christian faith based charitable organisation, founded in June 2008, that aims to help people who are in a financial crisis. They are based in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire and have other 'bases' in Pembroke Dock, Saundersfoot and Haverfordwest.It is based on a similar charity in Southampton, SCRATCH.


  1. patch

    A patch is a small piece of material used to cover or mend a hole, worn area, or other damage on a surface. In the digital or computing context, a patch is a piece of software designed to update, fix bugs, or improve a computer program or its supporting data.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Patchnoun

    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. Patchnoun

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

  3. Patchnoun

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

  4. Patchnoun

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

  5. Patchnoun

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

  6. Patchnoun

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

  7. Patchnoun

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

  8. Patchverb

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

  9. Patchverb

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

  10. Patchverb

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

  11. Patchverb

    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

  12. Etymology: [OE. pacche; of uncertain origin, perh. for placche; cf. Prov. E. platch patch, LG. plakk, plakke.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Patch

    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. 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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. patch

    The envelope used with the bullet in old rifles.--Muzzle-patch is a projection on the top of the muzzle of some guns, doing away with the effect of dispart in laying.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. PATCH

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Patch is ranked #8669 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Patch surname appeared 3,790 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Patch.

    93.4% or 3,543 total occurrences were White.
    2.4% or 92 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.3% or 50 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1% or 38 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.9% or 35 total occurrences were Black.
    0.8% or 32 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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

Anagrams for patch »

  1. chapt

  2. pacht

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of patch in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of patch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of patch in a Sentence

  1. Ben Rhodes:

    Obviously, we recognize that the U.S.-Brazil relationship went through a turbulent patch after the disclosures that took place related to U.S. intelligence activities a couple of years ago, however, we went through a very thorough review of those activities and we worked hard, together with the Brazilian government, to address a variety of concerns, but importantly, to begin a new chapter in our bilateral relationship.

  2. Ryan Olson:

    While we're still learning more about the impact of these attacks, we urge United States to quickly patch vulnerable systems and follow recommendations for determining whether United States've been compromised.

  3. Check Point:

    Since the vulnerable drivers are pre-installed on devices at the point of manufacture, they can only be fixed by installing a patch from the distributor or carrier.

  4. Sarah Hewin:

    Either we are in a sort of temporary high inflation patch and we will get back to normal on inflation, in which case there is a positive growth outlook. Either ... we are on the brink of an inflation problem and we may look back in six months time and say central banks were behind the curve, that will mean there is potential for more aggressive policymaking and rate hikes coming faster than markets expect. So it’s understandable why there is sense of uncertainty in markets.

  5. Matthias Egger:

    If you’re out there, what you see is just pristine blue ocean, you can think of it like the night sky. If you look up at night, you see all those white dots, that’s essentially what you see in the garbage patch. It’s not that dense, but there are a lot of them … out there, you start seeing more and more plastic the longer you look.

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