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patch

Noun

1 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" [syn: spot, speckle, dapple, fleck, maculation]
2 a small area of ground covered by specific vegetation; "a bean plot"; "a cabbage patch"; "a briar patch" [syn: plot, plot of ground]
3 a piece of cloth used as decoration or to mend or cover a hole
4 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" [syn: while, piece, spell]
5 a short set of commands to correct a bug in a computer program
6 a connection intended to be used for a limited time [syn: temporary hookup]
7 sewing or darning that repairs a worn or torn hole (especially in a garment); "her stockings had several mends" [syn: mend, darn]
8 a protective cloth covering for an injured eye [syn: eyepatch]
9 a piece of soft material that covers and protects an injured part of the body [syn: bandage]

Verb

1 to join or unite the pieces of; "patch the skirt" [syn: piece]
2 provide with a patch; also used metaphorically; "The field was patched with snow"
3 mend by putting a patch on; "patch a hole" [syn: patch up]
4 repair by adding pieces; "She pieced the china cup" [syn: piece]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Etymology

Noun

  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 garment to cover a hole.
  2. A small piece of anything used to repair a breach; as, a patch on a kettle, a roof, etc.
  3. A small piece of black silk stuck on the face, or neck, to hide a defect, or to heighten beauty.
  4. A piece of greased cloth or leather used as wrapping for a rifle ball, to make it fit the bore.
  5. A small area, a small piece of ground; a tract; a plot; as, scattered patches of trees or growing corn.
  6. A short period of time, especially one which causes trouble.
  7. A fit.
  8. A block on the muzzle of a gun, to do away with the effect of dispart, in sighting.
  9. A paltry fellow; a rogue; a ninny; a fool.
  10. A file describing changes made to a computer file or files, usually changes made to a computer program that fix a programming bug. A patch file, a file used for input to a patch program.
  11. An adhesive piece of material, impregnated with a drug, which is worn on the skin; the drug being slowly absorbed over a period of time.
  12. A small piece of material that is manually passed through a gun barrel to clean it.

Synonyms

Translations

piece of cloth used to repair something
small piece of anything used to repair something
piece of black silk stuck to the face
piece of greased cloth used to wrap a rifle ball
small piece (of ground, etc)
block on the muzzle of a gun
fool
See fool
computing: a file describing changes made to source code
adhesive piece worn on the skin

Proper noun

  1. The program that updates old versions of files, based on a record of differences with the newer versions.

Usage notes

The proper noun "patch" is written in lower case because of Unix conventions and its case sensitivity.

Verb

  1. To mend by sewing on a piece or pieces of cloth, leather, or the like; as, to patch a coat.
  2. To mend with pieces; to repair with pieces fastened on.
  3. To repair clumsily; as, to patch the roof of a house.
  4. To adorn, as the face, with a patch or patches.
  5. To make of pieces or patches like a quilt.
  6. To repair as with patches.
  7. To arrange in a hasty or clumsy manner; – generally with up; as, to patch up a truce.
  8. To make the changes a patch describes; to apply a patch to the files in question. Hence:
    1. To fix or improve a computer program without a complete upgrade.
    2. To make a quick and possibly temporary change to a program.

Translations

mend by sewing on cloth
mend with pieces
repair clumsily
adorn with patches (small pieces of black silk)
make of pieces or patches
repair as with patches
arrange in a hasty or clumsy manner
computing: update source code with a patch

See also

Extensive Definition

The term patch may refer to:

Textiles

Medication

Electronics

  • Patch (synthesizer), a sound setting for musical synthesizers
  • Patch cable, an electrical cable which can be used to alter the functionality of a piece of electrical equipment
  • Autopatch or phone patch, used in amateur radio to access an outgoing connection

Land

  • Patch and mosaic, a habitat patch in landscape ecology
  • Patch, a small garden, or a place where specific fruits or vegetables are grown (e.g. pumpkin patch)

Music

People

Computing

  • Patch (computing), a fix for a software program where the actual binary executable and related files are modified.
  • Patch (Unix), a UNIX utility that applies a script generated by the diff program to a set of files, allowing changes from one file to be automatically applied to another file.
  • Patch, a 3-D Bézier curve used in computer graphics, or a primitive in some 3-D software packages

Other uses

  • Patch, the practice of compulsory figures in figure skating, as each skater is assigned their own "patch" of ice
patch in Danish: Patch (flertydig)
patch in German: Patch
patch in Spanish: Parche
patch in French: Patch
patch in Italian: Patch
patch in Russian: Патч (значения)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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