• WordNet 3.6
    • v patch repair by adding pieces "She pieced the china cup"
    • v patch mend by putting a patch on "patch a hole"
    • v patch to join or unite the pieces of "patch the skirt"
    • v patch provide with a patch; also used metaphorically "The field was patched with snow"
    • n patch a piece of soft material that covers and protects an injured part of the body
    • n patch a protective cloth covering for an injured eye
    • n patch sewing that repairs a worn or torn hole (especially in a garment) "her stockings had several mends"
    • n patch a piece of cloth used as decoration or to mend or cover a hole
    • n patch a connection intended to be used for a limited time
    • n patch 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"
    • n patch a short set of commands to correct a bug in a computer program
    • n patch a small area of ground covered by specific vegetation "a bean plot","a cabbage patch","a briar patch"
    • n patch 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Kansas it is illegal to catch bullfrogs in a tomato patch.
    • Patch (Mil) A block on the muzzle of a gun, to do away with the effect of dispart, in sighting.
    • Patch A paltry fellow; a rogue; a ninny; a fool. "Thou scurvy patch ."
    • Patch 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. "Patches set upon a little breach."
    • Patch (Gun) A piece of greased cloth or leather used as wrapping for a rifle ball, to make it fit the bore.
    • Patch A small piece of anything used to repair a breach; as, a patch on a kettle, a roof, etc.
    • Patch A small piece of black silk stuck on the face, or neck, to hide a defect, or to heighten beauty. "Your black patches you wear variously."
    • Patch Fig.: Anything regarded as a patch; a small piece of ground; a tract; a plot; as, scattered patches of trees or growing corn. "Employed about this patch of ground."
    • Patch To adorn, as the face, with a patch or patches. "Ladies who patched both sides of their faces."
    • Patch 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. "If you'll patch a quarrel."
    • Patch To mend by sewing on a piece or pieces of cloth, leather, or the like; as, to patch a coat.
    • Patch To mend with pieces; to repair with pieces festened on; to repair clumsily; as, to patch the roof of a house.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n patch Any piece of material used to repair a defective place in some fabric or construction, as a piece of cloth sewed on a garment where it is torn or worn, a bit of masonry, mosaic, tiling, or the like, used to repair a defect in old work, or a sod or sods employed to make good an injured spot in a lawn.
    • n patch A piece of cloth cut into some regular shape, to be sewed with others into patchwork.
    • n patch A small piece of silk or court-plaster used on the face, with the apparent purpose of heightening the complexion by contrast. In the seventeenth century patches were used cut not merely in squares and triangles, but in various extraordinary forms and of considerable size; they were even cut into groups of figures several inches long and elaborate in outline. In the eighteenth century, and especially at the court of France, the fashion of wearing patches came again into vogue, and it has been deemed an essential accompaniment to powdered hair, reappearing fitfully whenever the use of powder has been reintroduced. Patches received special names according to the place where they were applied, as the coquette when on the lips, the effrontée or bold when on the nose, etc.
    • n patch A small piece of leather, greased canvas, pasteboard, or the like, used as the wadding for a rifle-ball.
    • n patch A small square of thick leather sometimes used in the grinding of small tools to press the work on the stone, in order to protect the fingers from abrasion.
    • n patch A block fixed on the muzzle of a gun to make the line of sight parallel with the axis of the bore.
    • n patch A small piece of ground, especially one under cultivation; a small detached piece; a plot; a comparatively small piece or expanse of anything, as of snow, grass, etc.
    • n patch A paltry fellow; a ninny; a fool. The professional fool was formerly so called.
    • n patch A harlequin.
    • n patch In zoology, a small, well-defined part of a surface characterized by peculiar color or appearance.
    • n patch An overlay put on the impression-surface of a printing-press, to get stronger impression on the type covered by the patch, and make a clearer print.
    • patch Arranged in patches, or separate squares, or the like.
    • patch To mend by adding a patch: often with up.
    • patch Especially— To sew a piece of cloth upon (a garment) where it is torn or worn out.
    • patch To repair (masonry) by filling interstices and fractures with new mortar or the like.
    • patch To substitute new work for, as for defaced or partly destroyed work in mosaic or inlaying.
    • patch To serve as a patch on.
    • patch To adorn by putting a patch or patches on the face; also, to adorn with patches, as the face.
    • patch To form of odd pieces or shreds; construct of ill-assorted parts or elements; hence, to make or mend hastily or without regard to forms: usually with up: as, to patch up a peace; to patch up a quarrel.
    • patch To fit or adjust with a patch or wad of leather, etc.: said of a rifle-ball.
    • patch To form patches, as snow on a mountain-side, vegetation on a ruin, etc.
    • n patch A piece of court-plaster used to protect a small wound.
    • n patch A piece of cloth, or the like, sewed on a coat or gown as a badge or ornament. In the extract it refers to the band on the cap.
    • n patch A piece of stiffened cloth, or the like, or a pad, worn over an eye, to protect it.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Patch pach to mend by putting in a piece: to repair clumsily: to make up of pieces: to make hastily
    • n Patch a piece sewed or put on to mend a defect: anything like a patch: a small piece of ground: a plot: :
    • n Patch (Shak.) a paltry fellow, a fool—properly a jester
    • n Patch (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
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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.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. pacche,; of uncertain origin, perh. for placche,; cf. Prov. E. platch, patch, LG. plakk, plakke,


In literature:

Slave famblies was 'lowed to have little gyarden patches if dey wanted 'em.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
When the boys first started Jim said he had got to go ahead so as to be sure that they found the right patch.
"The Flight of Pony Baker" by W. D. Howells
The seal hunters laughingly assured me that they found a patch of old "swiles" having tea in the cabin.
"A Labrador Doctor" by Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
Patches of thick forest were met on either bank, and in those patches numerous indeed were the rubber trees.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
But, ach, I must hurry once and make this patch done.
"Patchwork" by Anna Balmer Myers
I never got any money for my work and we didn't have any patches.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
But this open patch did not last long.
"The Rover Boys on Snowshoe Island" by Edward Stratemeyer
On the water appeared a patch of oil which rapidly broadened.
"Dave Darrin After The Mine Layers" by H. Irving Hancock
The forehead, cheeks, sides of the neck, and thighs are chestnut-red, as is a patch under the tail.
"Birds of the Indian Hills" by Douglas Dewar
What is that dark patch in the cliff?
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various

In poetry:

Thirty years of traveling,
Pockets often bare,
(Lucy Bakewell Audubon
Patched them up with care).
"John James Audobon" by Stephen Vincent Benet
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
I sez to Mandy, sure, sez I,
I'll bet thet air patch o' rye
Thet he'll squash 'em by-and-by,
And he did, by cricket!
"Ezra on the Strike" by Ezra Pound
For it was spring-time holiday,
A sun-tanned boy was he,
With russet freckles on his face
And a patch upon his knee.
"Pan In The Orchard" by Maurice Thompson
He planted peas between the rows,
And pumpkins here and there;
And where that patch of briar grows
He set out deep the pear.
"Joe's Farm" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
He made thee, yea, made thee his bride,
Nor heeds thine ugly patch;
To what he made he'll still abide,
Thy Husband made the match.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine

In news:

Toms River School District Admin Offices (John Kubalski, Patch of Toms River).
Ten years ago, the Alza Corporation introduced the first skin patch that delivered controlled amounts of a drug continuously over a long time.
It has been continuously patched up and is slowly deteriorating .
Red patches on the infant's buttocks, genitals, or thighs are the most common symptom.
In this Journal Star file photo from July 2, 2012, a tuft of grass grows in a patch of sun-baked farmland outside Princevillen.
Photo by Torin Halsey/Times Record News Reverend Jimmy Greene lifts a 75-pound pumpkin onto the sign and the Wesley Campus Ministry Pumpkin Patch Monday morning as he and Elisa Pierre put the finishing touches on the displays.
Spreaders, for those of you who don't know, are neat little FX patches that can really enhance stereophony.
Weaver's prank tape is still ripe, decades after leaving tomato patch.
Bryant Pond-based artist Arla Patch calls herself a "creativity midwife".
We've all seen a few people, like maybe grandpa or grandma, with those little patches of yellowish plaques around the upper and lower eyelids .
The eye patch he wore in the 1969 film 'True Grit,' for which he received an Oscar.
Or, tragically, a soul patch.
It is debatable what exactly causes the four-leaf clover, but they always seem to grow in patches.
Researchers at the Open Source Computer Emergency Response Team (oCERT) disclosed two denial-of-service vulnerabilities in Google Inc.'s Android 1.5 mobile phone platform, both of which have already been patched by the vendor.
Backstage—a patch of park behind the red curtain—seven Circus Amok troupers sit in front of open suitcases, applying makeup.

In science:

Using these three chains we patch together the process ∆x,k (y ) :=  Λx,k (y ) := ∆x,k (y ) + ∆x,k (y − 1) + 11{0
No more than three favourite sites for simple random walk
Note also that hj = gj − (ηj )2 pro jects to Vj and patched together defines the Fubini-Study metric on CPk .
Locally Sasakian Manifolds
Thus, we shall consider an evolution of hypergraphs by the removal of vertices over which there is a patch. A hypergraph with no patches will therefore be stable .
Structure of large random hypergraphs
Note that this leaves two patches on the lower left vertex.
Structure of large random hypergraphs
If there are no patches in Λn , then Sn+1 = Sn and Λn+1 = Λn .
Structure of large random hypergraphs