patchiness

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n patchiness unevenness in quality or performance
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n patchiness The condition of being patchy; the appearance of being patched or of being made up of patches.
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Usage

In literature:

These black beams were set crooked or crisscross at all kinds of angles, giving the whole a most patchy and puzzling appearance.
"The Wisdom of Father Brown" by G. K. Chesterton
The works, as wholes, are not altogether satisfactory in the matter of form, and appear somewhat patchy.
"Frederick Chopin as a Man and Musician" by Frederick Niecks
He's a kind of half-breed, and the colour's come off patchy instead of mixing.
"The Invisible Man" by H. G. Wells
At all events it is less patchy and more equal.
"Afoot in England" by W.H. Hudson
He played where the wickets were all patchy, and you had to watch the ball right on to the bat.
"Danger! and Other Stories" by Arthur Conan Doyle
Australia is a patchy country.
"The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol 2 (of 2)" by Harry Furniss
You'll probably have 'Patchie guides after all, Willett.
"Tonio, Son of the Sierras" by Charles King
That fitful, patchy wind which is so full of threat, and which bears in its breath the cutting slash of a whip.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
I hear that it is very patchy, but any amount of rich pockets.
"Tom Gerrard 1904" by Louis Becke
He soon slid into another one, rather patchy at first.
"A Matter of Honor" by Ann Wilson
And the narrow, patchy sunlight, by its brilliant contrast, only serves to aggravate the sensitive nerves.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
That patchy wind, so well known in the west of Canada, was very evident just then.
"The Hound From The North" by Ridgwell Cullum
They were aged and patchy, and they filled the bill in other ways.
"The Ship Dwellers" by Albert Bigelow Paine
The snow began to fall irregularly in patchy flakes, then gradually turned to rain.
"McAllister and His Double" by Arthur Train
They reported that they had worked the field out and that it was very patchy.
"Two Years Among the Savages of New Guinea." by W. D. Pitcairn
The congested face looked swollen and patchy.
"The Messenger" by Elizabeth Robins
I couldn't help laughing, first at her cross-patchiness and secondly at the idea of my being vain.
"The Claw" by Cynthia Stockley
The result is patchy, and the removal of evils partial and unsystematic.
"Boy Labour and Apprenticeship" by Reginald Arthur Bray
It may be claimed that the effect produced is patchy, and so, judged by spring-time photographs, it appears indeed to be.
"The Alps" by Martin Conway
For such an art nothing patchy or scrappy, or half-starved should be done.
"William Morris" by Elizabeth Luther Cary
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In news:

So when the critter is plucked , bits of skin come off, too, resulting in a rather patchy pièce de résistance.
Warming, patchy permafrost threaten Alaska Highway.
Patchy fog to give way to a sunny Wednesday in Bradenton.
Patchy fog will give way Wednesday morning to a sunny day, according to the National Weather Service.
Patchy AM Fog, Partly Cloudy & Warm Highs: 64°-69° Wind: S 3-8 mph.
Partly Cloudy, Not as Chilly, Patchy Fog Late.
Patchy fog is possible late tonight followed by a warm up Friday afternoon.
Partly Cloudy and Mild, Patchy Fog Late.
Clear skies and chilly with frost and patchy fog.
Saturday Patchy fog before 8am.
Patchy fog between 7am and 9am.
Patchy dense fog is expected Friday and Saturday morning, according to Roger Erickson of the National Weather Service in Lake Charles.
After a cool start to the weekend with a bit of patchy fog, the southeastern Wisconsin forecast calls for mostly sunny skies and comfortable conditions.
I'm not being lazy – that patchy quilt on my face is quite deliberate .
Patchy areas of frost will be likely Sunday morning.
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In science:

However such a model would result in a larger scatter (greater than ±0.75) in the extinctions towards individual regions than we measured. A more realistic patchy dust model may match the extinction and mean gas density.
A comparison between Pa alpha and H alpha emission: The relation between HII region mean reddening, local gas density and metallicity
The dot dashed line is a 2 component patchy dust model with an area filling factor of 50% and an opacity ratio of 4.
A comparison between Pa alpha and H alpha emission: The relation between HII region mean reddening, local gas density and metallicity
This model illustrates that a patchy medium would have a lower mean extinction than that predicted directly from the dust density.
A comparison between Pa alpha and H alpha emission: The relation between HII region mean reddening, local gas density and metallicity
These estimates however do not work for a patchy corona.
Accretion Disk Models of Luminous Black Holes
Note that the postshock layer is likely turbulent and inhomogeneous, and it may resemble a patchy rather than slab corona.
Accretion Disk Models of Luminous Black Holes
These secondary effects include gravitational lensing, patchy reionization and the Sunyaev-Zel’dovich (SZ) effect .
Cosmic Background Radiation Mini-Review
In particular, calculations of anisotropies from simulations of patchy reionization give peak values of the power spectrum between ≈ 10−14 (e.g.
The First Cosmic Structures and their Effects
Therefore, in the presence of UV photons alone rionization proceeds in a patchy way with xHI very close to zero in ionized regions and unity otherwise.
The Alcock-Paczynski test in redshifted twenty one centimeter maps
Another method relies on the geometric distortions of the boundaries of patchy ionized regions, i.e. the reionization fronts.
The Alcock-Paczynski test in redshifted twenty one centimeter maps
Nevertheless, direct observational evidence for a connection between interactions and bars on the one hand, and starburst (as well as AGN) activity on the other, remains patchy.
Fueling and morphology of central starbursts
As early as 1785, Sir William Herschel noticed that the sky looks patchy with stars unevenly distributed and some regions are particularly “devoid” of stars.
Interstellar Grains -- The 75th Anniversary
These secondary effects include gravitational lensing, patchy reionization and the Sunyaev-Zel’dovich (SZ) effect .
Cosmic Microwave Background Mini-Review
Finally, a patchy shell model, where the Lorentz factor is highly variable in angle, would produce emission with α ∼ −2.5.
Gamma-Ray Bursts
Most modern astronomers agree with the principle of archiving data for the wider community benefit, but in practice our achievements are patchy, particularly in the case of the preservation and accessibility of historic data.
Astronomical Data Management
Plankton patchiness has many causes, with origins both in biological and physical factors.
Stochastic population dynamics in turbulent fields
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