• WordNet 3.6
    • adj pat exactly suited to the occasion "a pat reply"
    • adj pat having only superficial plausibility "glib promises","a slick commercial"
    • adv pat completely or perfectly "he has the lesson pat","had the system down pat"
    • v pat hit lightly "pat him on the shoulder"
    • v pat pat or squeeze fondly or playfully, especially under the chin
    • n pat a light touch or stroke
    • n pat the sound made by a gentle blow
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pat A light, quik blow or stroke with the fingers or hand; a tap.
    • Pat A small mass, as of butter, shaped by pats. "It looked like a tessellated work of pats of butter."
    • a Pat Exactly suitable; fit; convenient; timely. "Pat allusion."
    • adv Pat In a pat manner. "I foresaw then 't would come in pat hereafter."
    • v. t Pat To strike gently with the fingers or hand; to stroke lightly; to tap; as, to pat a dog. "Gay pats my shoulder, and you vanish quite."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • pat To strike gently with the fingers or hand; tap.
    • n pat A light quick blow or stroke with the hand or the fingers.
    • n pat Patter.
    • pat Fitly; conveniently; just in the nick; exactly; readily; fluently.
    • pat Apt; fit; convenient; exactly suitable as to either time or place; ready; fluent.
    • pat Pert; brisk; lively.
    • n pat A lump, as of butter, molded or pressed into some regular shape.
    • n pat A Scotch form of pot.
    • n pat A Scotch preterit and past participle of put.
    • n pat A common name for an Irishman. Compare Biddy.
    • n pat In India, indigo-plants cut off within a foot of the ground and made into bundles for delivery at the factories.
    • n pat An East Indian name for jute-fiber.
    • pat Just at the present point: just there; without acting or moving: used in the following phrase.
    • pat Hence— In politics, to adhere obstinately to an existing status or policy, refusing to consider proposals of change or reform; stand still, in a blind or stubborn refusal to disturb existing conditions when they are profitable to one's party or one's self.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pat pat a light, quick blow, as with the hand
    • v.t Pat to strike gently: to tap:—pr.p. pat′ting; pa.t. and pa.p. pat′ted
    • n Pat pat a small, moulded lump of butter.
    • adj Pat pat fitly: at the right time or place
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    “The human body is a peculiar device, pat it on the back and the head swells.”
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    “God knows best; he hasn't arranged your anatomy so as to make it easy for you to pat yourself on the back.”
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    “The best way to knock the chip off your neighbor's shoulder is to pat him on the back.”
  • Ella Wheeler Wilcox
    “A pat on the back is only a few vertebrae removed from a kick in the pants, but is miles ahead in results.”
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    “Even a mosquito doesn't get a pat on the back until he's well into his work.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. pat, a light blow, D. te pas, convenient, pat, where pas, is fr. F. passer, to pass
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Pat, a light blow.


In literature:

We have one old deckhand, Pat Malloy.
"Randy of the River" by Horatio Alger Jr.
I had been relieved at my station at the magazine, when Pat Brady came up to me.
"Ben Burton" by W. H. G. Kingston
In vain I patted his neck and tried to make him go forward.
"Snow Shoes and Canoes" by William H. G. Kingston
She's got you down pat, kid.
"Legacy" by James H Schmitz
She patted Mary Rose on the shoulder and told her to come again.
"Mary Rose of Mifflin" by Frances R. Sterrett
It was a very long half-hour before Pat brought them to the country-house, which was shut up for the winter.
"Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag, Vol. 5" by Louisa M. Alcott
You're always so very lucky, Miss Pat.
"Miss Pat at Artemis Lodge" by Pemberton Ginther
Worker: T. Pat Matthews No.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
You are always saying that he is so young, Miss Pat.
"Miss Pat at School" by Pemberton Ginther
It's a big handicap, Pat-ricia, to be too rich.
"The Love Affairs of Pixie" by Mrs George de Horne Vaizey

In poetry:

And that far familiar faces
Press in at the tent door,
And the little children's footsteps
Go pit-pat on the floor.
"A Rainy Day in Camp" by Anonymous Americas
How he loves us! he pats our heads,
And, lo! they are gleaming with silver threads;
And he 's always begging one lock of hair,
Till our shining crowns have nothing to wear.
"Our Oldest Friend" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
"An' bring the girleen, Pat," he says, an' looked
At Rosie, lanin' up agin me knee;
"The wife will be right plaised to see the child,
The weeney shamrock from beyant the sea.
"A Hungry Day" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
That button, though polish'd, won't answer quite pat,
With which the recruit first adorns his new hat,
For this I consider no part of my charge,
Though round as a trencher, and nearly as large.
"The Button" by William Hutton
They'll wonder why I am not there-I, last of all the band-
To take farewell of him that's gone; but he will understand.
We'll have a little requiem my own loved altar at,
And just ourselves-alive and dead-shall chant it, Father Pat.
"Vale` - Father Pat" by John O Brien
Though brighter far the morning seems than does the setting sun,
Still, they but carry on the work by such as us begun.
We blazed the tracks they tread to-day-at least they'll grant us that-
The men who sailed in sixty-five along with Father Pat.
"Vale` - Father Pat" by John O Brien

In news:

Jonathan Brandmeier talks to Northwestern Football Coach Pat Fitzgerald ahead of their game against Penn State.
Whitney Houston's mom Cissy Houston, left, sister-in-law Pat Houston and niece Rayah Houston watch a memorial tribute to Whitney Houston at Gospelfest in Newark, NJ, Saturday, May 12, 2012.
Pat Quinn will be in Chicago's Millennium Park on June 2 to watch 30 same-sex couples enter into civil union s.
The day before, on the first day of Beef 101 class, I had patted this steer on the forehead.
Illinois Gov Pat Quinn (D) will be in Rockford Friday, June 15, to sign into law a bill designed protect letter carriers.
Pats and Saints close season with wins.
Pat Connor of Cummaquid got her chance to be on Jeopardy.
Members of Flagstaff's Marine Color Guard , from left, Pat Carr, Johnny Anaya, and John H Yazzie, honor Arizona's 100th birthday at the Pioneer Museum in Flagstaff, Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012.
(AP) — Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald says he expects quarterback Kain Colter and running back Venric Mark to play this week against Illinois.
Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald says he expects quarterback Kain Colter and running back Venric Mark to play this week against Illinois.
Comer is the granddaughter of Cecil and Theresa Comer and the late James and Pat Minger.
View full size The baritone section of the Marching Bees includes, clockwise from back left, Libby Roether, Pat Riley, Alex Zajac, John Reagan, Jake Herbell, Patrick Grimone, Joe Pajka and Mia Burris.
Pats secondary can't contain deep ball.
Pat Baird, a registered dietitian, has worked on her own for 23 years.
Have you heard the one where Ron Paul, Pat Robertson, and John Bolton walk into a bar.

In science:

In the first part of this review we shall discuss different theoretical techniques which allow to address PAT in semiconductor nanostructures where a treatment beyond the simple Tien-Gordon model is called for.
Photon-assisted transport in semiconductor nanostructures
After these four sections devoted to theoretical techniques for the study of PAT, we elucidate the physics of PAT, both from the experimental and theoretical points of view, in different semiconductor nanostructures.
Photon-assisted transport in semiconductor nanostructures
This division of the review begins with Section 6 where we describe PAT in resonant tunneling diodes.
Photon-assisted transport in semiconductor nanostructures
During the last few years, many of the new developments in the field of PAT have been realized in quantum dots 1 .
Photon-assisted transport in semiconductor nanostructures
Beginning with Section 10 we discuss PAT in the Coulomb blockade regime.
Photon-assisted transport in semiconductor nanostructures