• WordNet 3.6
    • n patching the act of mending a hole in a garment by sewing a patch over it
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Kansas it is illegal to catch bullfrogs in a tomato patch.
    • n patching The act of mending by the addition of a patch or patches.
    • n patching A patch, or patches collectively; a patched place.
    • n patching Wadding for a rifle-ball.
    • n patching Patchery; hypocrisy.
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  • William Shakespeare
    “Patch grief with proverbs.”
  • Maya Angelou
    “We allow our ignorance to prevail upon us and make us think we can survive alone, alone in patches, alone in groups, alone in races, even alone in genders.”
  • Diane Ackerman
    Diane Ackerman
    “A poem records emotions and moods that lie beyond normal language, that can only be patched together and hinted at metaphorically.”
  • Max Fuller
    Max Fuller
    “Men in earnest have no time to waste in patching fig leaves for the naked truth.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “We go to gain a little patch of ground that hath in it no profit but the name.”


Purple patch - A purple patch is a period of time when someone or something is successful and doing well.
Rough patch - A rough patch is a difficult or trying period.


In literature:

As they passed the fish dropped, fell on a patch of yellow ground just in front of the girl, sank, and vanished.
"The Beach of Dreams" by H. De Vere Stacpoole
She wished she could find out what he was going to do in the potato patch.
"The Tale of Mrs. Ladybug" by Arthur Scott Bailey
Her spotless but much patched gown was almost covered by a huge white apron.
"A Son of the Hills" by Harriet T. Comstock
I'll try," wailed the other; "I'm willing to do anything you say, Thad, if only you can patch me up, and keep me from bursting.
"The Boy Scouts' First Camp Fire" by Herbert Carter
I went past the scene of the accident slowly and shut my mind off as I saw the black-burned patch.
"Highways in Hiding" by George Oliver Smith
The material used for the patch should be as nearly like the original fabric in colour and quality as possible.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Science in Rural Schools" by Ministry of Education Ontario
I looked for sign, on the edge of the wetness, and I saw where birds had been scratching and taking dust baths, in a patch of sage.
"Pluck on the Long Trail" by Edwin L. Sabin
A dark form moved between Shann and the nearest patch of burning moss.
"Storm Over Warlock" by Andre Norton
The white patch of light overhead spread until it encompassed all the top of the globe.
"Wandl the Invader" by Raymond King Cummings
The elephants advanced and we huddled together with rifles ready in the patch of bushes.
"In Africa" by John T. McCutcheon

In poetry:

And one with a hide
Like a patched-on sack
And two creels of turf
Upon its back;
"Asses" by Padraic Colum
The gay day is ablaze… And in the languid grass
The poppies’ patches burn like impotent desire…
Like lips that can allure or deathly poison us,
Or wings of butterfly, wide spread and red like fire.
"Poppies" by Innokentii Fedorovich Annensky
The barque "Nor" was bound from New York to Stettin,
And when she struck the "Saxmundham," oh! what terrible din!
Because the merciless water did rush in,
Then the ship carpenters to patch the breach did begin.
"The Collision in the English Channel" by William Topaz McGonagall
The bloom that woonce did overspread
Your rounded cheäk, as time went by,
A-shrinkèn to a patch o' red,
Did feäde so soft's the evenèn sky:
The evenèn sky, my faithful wife,
O' days as feäir's our happy life.
"The New House A-Gettèn’ Wold" by William Barnes
When Mollie saw my "cottage" and the way that I had "bached",
She smiled, but I could see that she was "blue;"
Then she found my "Sunday-clothes" all soiled and torn and patched,
And she hid her face and shed a tear or two.
"The Pioneer" by Hanford Lennox Gordon
Far o'er the gray-green waters goes sound of gull and gale;
White caps are on the breakers, and the sun on a patched sail:
But she lies lost and mouldered, with her captains swart and bold,
Dead in her gilded cabins, and weighted down with gold.
"The Lost Galleon" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

How much would you be willing to pay for a Barack Obama or Mitt Romney Cabbage Patch Doll.
Cabbage Patch likeness of Romney, Obama to be auctioned.
Cabbage Patch likeness of Romney, Obama to be auctioned.
Steven Tyler is one of the celebrities that now have a Cabbage Patch Kids doll modeled after them.
Not just any Cabbage Patch Kids, but the vintage sailor dressed Cabbage Patch Kid.
Moshe Holtzberg gestured to a patch of floor just outside of what used to be his brother's office.
Head over to Gooseberry Patch on Facebook and get 25 Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes eBook completely free.
For at least a century, the Brown Mountain Lights have confounded residents and tourists in a rugged patch of Burke County, bobbing and weaving near a modest peak.
New Synthetic Patch Akin to Contact Lens .
Eight people dead, police confirm (Fairlawn-Bath Patch).
Halloween is quickly approaching, and we found a few great pumpkin patch spots to visit near Lufkin and Nacogdoches this October.
1) Peanuts™ – The Great Pumpkin Patch Express in Rusk.
Christina Aguilera on October 14 seen with son Max picking out the perfect pumpkin at the Mr Bones Pumpkin Patch in Hollywood.
The patches that come with the mattress.
Carving out autumn bliss in a pumpkin patch.

In science:

Recall that PN (i) = 1 − minj≤i ZN (i) is the number of patches added before the (i + 1)st deletion to keep the process going.
Critical random hypergraphs: The emergence of a giant set of identifiable vertices
N patches are placed on the hypergraph right at the start.
Critical random hypergraphs: The emergence of a giant set of identifiable vertices
The second line follows from the obvious monotonicity property that adding more patches identifies a stochastically larger number of vertices.
Critical random hypergraphs: The emergence of a giant set of identifiable vertices
In this case the patch of down spins increases in area from an L×L square to a rectangle L×(L+ω ) rectangle, and an extra vertical wall of length ω has to be created on each side of the moving wall.
Domains and Interfaces in Random Fields
In order to compute the rate of arrival of y -momentum at S due to particles originating near E, we consider a patch around E that is a portion of an annulus centred on S (radius λ, thickness dλ) where the patch subtends an angle dα at S (see Figure 1b).
Kinetic theory viscosity