/pætʃ / (say pach)

1. a piece of material used to mend a hole or break, or strengthen a weak place: a patch on a sail.
2. a piece of material used to cover or protect a wound, an injured part, etc.: a patch over the eye.
3. any of the pieces of cloth sewn together to form patchwork.
4. a small piece or scrap of anything.
a. a small piece or tract of land, road, etc.
b. a small piece of cultivated land for the growing of specified produce: potato patch; strawberry patch.
c. Goldmining Colloquial a small claim, usually one which produces gold.
6. Colloquial an area of responsibility: stay off my patch!
7. a small piece of black silk or court plaster worn on the face or elsewhere to hide a defect or to heighten the complexion by contrast, as formerly worn by court ladies.
8. a distinctive mark, an emblem, as on a soldier's uniform to identify his or her unit; flash.
9. a period of time.
10. Computers a correction (usually temporary) made by the user to a computer program supplied by a software publisher, allowing the program to be customised for special uses.
11. Also, skin patch. Medicine an adhesive dressing which slowly dispenses medicine or other needed chemicals which are absorbed through the skin of the body.
verb (t)
12. to mend or strengthen with or as with a patch or patches.
13. to make by joining patches or pieces together: to patch a quilt.
verb (i)
14. Computers to apply a patch (def. 10).
15. hit (or strike) a bad patch, to suffer a series of misfortunes, especially financial.
16. not a patch on, Colloquial not comparable to; not nearly as good as.
17. patch in, to join, especially to join (an electronic circuit) to an existing set of circuits, usually on a temporary basis.
18. patch through, Telecommunications to connect (a telephone or radio caller) to another caller or location: patch me through to head office.
19. patch up,
a. to repair or restore, especially in a hasty or makeshift way.
b. to settle; smooth over: they patched up their quarrel.
20. purple patch, a period of good fortune.
{Middle English pacche; origin uncertain}
patcher, noun

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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