Soft patch

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Soft patch a patch for covering a crack in a metallic vessel, as a steam boiler, consisting of soft material, as putty, covered and held in place by a plate bolted or riveted fast.
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Usage

In literature:

Beneath it was a shadowy shape in the patch of gloom which the moon threw far out upon the softly eddying water.
"The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu" by Sax Rohmer
We could see a figure steal from patch to patch of moonlight, and even hear the soft fall of sandalled feet.
"Allen Quatermain" by H. Rider Haggard
There was a red patch on each of his old soft cheeks as if somebody had been pinching them.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
His coat was of a soft bluish color with a yellowish patch in the very center of his back.
"The Burgess Bird Book for Children" by Thornton W. Burgess
Thorpe resented the inequalities, the stones, the roots, the patches of soft ground which lay in his way.
"The Blazed Trail" by Stewart Edward White
And a little later the proof of their reasoning was shown in a clear imprint of the foot in a soft patch of earth.
"The Banner Boy Scouts on a Tour" by George A. Warren
They were of a soft brown shade, with a ridge of black on the back and patches of white below.
"The Rover Boys on Snowshoe Island" by Edward Stratemeyer
There was a red patch on each of his old soft cheeks as if somebody had been pinching them.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
One might imagine a gigantic figure stretched out on the soft green patches of forest.
"The Motor Maids at Sunrise Camp" by Katherine Stokes
Travis spotted a soft patch of ground with a deep-set impression.
"The Defiant Agents" by Andre Alice Norton
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In poetry:

A little breadth of border,
a little patch of grass,
above it all the April sky
where soft the south winds pass.
"A Little Bit Of Garden" by William Henry Ogilvie
A little patch of dark-green moss,
Whose softness grew of quiet ways
(With all its deep, delicious floss)
In slumb’rous suns of summer days.
"Mountain Moss" by Henry Kendall
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

In news:

When bananas grow soft and erupt into patches of black over their yellow fibrous skins, I swoop in to their rescue.
Just a ' soft patch '.
Bernanke Admits He's Clueless On Economy's Soft Patch .
For those hoping that the economy is merely going through a " soft patch " right now, the weight of evidence suggests something more serious.
Areas of your roof that receive little or no sun might have soft patches.
Slipping on the Soft Patch.
The industrial commodities sector that fuels factory production is sending worrisome signs to a global shipping business concerned with whether the economy is passing through a proverbial soft patch o.
For more than a century now, American homeowners have been struggling to remake their small patch of the environment into a soft, green carpet just like the neighbor's.
Following a two-month soft patch, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) rose almost two full points in July.
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In science:

The single-molecule conformational diagram showing the soft patchy particle nature of the TSP’s and the tunability of the number of patches p as a function of f and α is presented in Fig. 2.
Telechelic star polymers as self-assembling units from the molecular to the macroscopic scaleBarbara Capone
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