patch

patch
[[t]pæ̱tʃ[/t]]
patches, patching, patched
1) N-COUNT: usu with supp A patch on a surface is a part of it which is different in appearance from the area around it.

...the bald patch on the top of his head...

There was a small patch of blue in the grey clouds.

...two big damp patches on the carpet.

2) N-COUNT: with supp, oft N of n A patch of land is a small area of land where a particular plant or crop grows.

...a patch of land covered in forest.

...the little vegetable patch in her backyard.

...a patch of wild cornflowers.

3) N-COUNT A patch is a piece of material which you use to cover a hole in something.

...jackets with patches on the elbows.

...trying to fix the flat tire by putting a patch on it.

4) N-COUNT A patch is a small piece of material which you wear to cover an injured eye.
See also eye patch

She went to the hospital and found him lying down with a patch over his eye.

5) VERB If you patch something that has a hole in it, you mend it by fastening a patch over the hole.

[V n] He and Walker patched the barn roof...

[V n] One of the mechanics took off the damaged tyre, and took it back to the station to be patched.

[V-ed] ...their patched clothes.

6) PHRASE: N inflects If you have or go through a bad patch or a rough patch, you have a lot of problems for a time. [mainly BRIT]

His marriage was going through a bad patch...

The company I work for went through a rough patch.

7) PHRASE: v-link PHR, PHR n If you say that someone or something is not a patch on another person or thing, you mean that they are not as good as that person or thing. [BRIT, INFORMAL]

He's not a patch on the rest of the Cabinet...

Handsome, she thought, but not a patch on Alex.

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  • patch — patch1 [pach] n. [ME pacche, prob. var. of peche, a piece < OFr pieche, var. of pece, piece,PIECE] 1. a piece of material applied to cover or mend a hole or tear or to strengthen a weak spot 2. a dressing applied to a wound or sore 3. a pad or …   English World dictionary

  • Patch — Patch, n. [OE. pacche; of uncertain origin, perh. for placche; cf. Prov. E. platch patch, LG. plakk, plakke.] 1. A piece of cloth, or other suitable material, sewed or otherwise fixed upon a garment to repair or strengthen it, esp. upon an old… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • patch — ► NOUN 1) a piece of material used to mend a hole or strengthen a weak point. 2) a small area differing in colour, composition, or texture from its surroundings. 3) a small plot of land: a cabbage patch. 4) Brit. informal a brief period of time:… …   English terms dictionary

  • Patch — Patch, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Patched}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Patching}.] 1. To mend by sewing on a piece or pieces of cloth, leather, or the like; as, to patch a coat. [1913 Webster] 2. To mend with pieces; to repair with pieces festened on; to repair… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • patch — [ patʃ ] n. m. • 1970; mot angl. « pièce » ♦ Anglic. 1 ♦ Timbre autocollant qui dispense un médicament, une substance par voie percutanée. 2 ♦ Morceau de tissu veineux utilisé pour élargir le diamètre d un vaisseau sanguin. Recomm. offic. pièce.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • patch — UK US /pætʃ/ noun [C] ► IT a small computer program that can repair a problem with software: »You can download a patch to fix the problem. ● go through/hit a bad/difficult/rough patch Cf. hit a rough patch …   Financial and business terms

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  • patch — [n1] piece, spot, area bit, blob, chunk, fix, ground, hunk, land, lot, plat, plot, scrap, shred, stretch, strip, tract; concepts 452,471,513 patch [n2] piece applied to cover a gap or lack application, appliqué, Band Aid*, mend, reinforcement;… …   New thesaurus

  • patch|y — «PACH ee», adjective, patch|i|er, patch|i|est. 1. abounding in or characterized by patches: »land patchy with rock. 2. occurring in, forming, or resembling patches: »a …   Useful english dictionary

  • Patch — 〈[pæ̣tʃ] m. od. n.; Gen.: od. s, Pl.: s〉 1. 〈EDV〉 (meist kostenlos zur Verfügung gestelltes) Softwareprogramm, das in einem vorhandenen Programm enthaltene Fehler od. Mängel beheben soll; →a. s. Bug, Update 2. 〈Med.〉 zur Transplantation operativ… …   Lexikalische Deutsches Wörterbuch

  • Patch — [pạ̈tsch; aus engl. patch = Fleck, Flicken] s; [s], s: Hautlappen zur Deckung von Weichteildefekten …   Das Wörterbuch medizinischer Fachausdrücke

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