verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- patagonian toothfish,
- patch board,
- patch cord,
- patch pocket,
- patch quilt,
- patch reef
Origin of patch1
Origin of patch2
Examples from the Web for patch
But the illusions of peace and tranquility soon crumble around them like a patch of freshly laid snow.‘Force Majeure’ and the Swedish Family Vacation From Hell|Alex Suskind|October 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There was a patch of congealed blood behind his head: “Except for the blood…the dead man looked immaculate.”
A powder-blue blazer with a patch reading “All-Time All-American” hung in a clear plastic bag from the closet doorknob.Football Great Bob Suffridge Wanders Through the End Zone of Life|Paul Hemphill|September 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Nobody else thought that his patch, on a 60-degree angled slope, was viable as a vineyard.Napa’s Earthquake Is Not The Only Thing Shaking The Vineyards|Clive Irving|August 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But while this basic maintenance was important, the "main focus is giving [volunteers] more interaction" said Patch.
At high water the reef was overflowed excepting at its north-west end where a patch of sand not larger than the boat was left dry.Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia|Phillip Parker King
Them ranches will wake up, patch up their troubles, an' come down here.Hopalong Cassidy|Clarence E. Mulford
Each clan owns its own lands which it cultivates; but within these lands each household has its own patch.The Position of Woman in Primitive Society|C. Gasquoine Hartley
Near one of these pools grew a patch of delicate, low-spreading plants, evidently ferns.How to Know the Ferns|Frances Theodora Parsons
It was of a bright green plumage, with a patch of scarlet beneath the wings.On the Banks of the Amazon|W.H.G. Kingston
- a piece of material used to mend a garment or to make patchwork, a sewn-on pocket, etc
- (as modifier)a patch pocket
- a small plot of land
- its producea patch of cabbages
- a protective covering for an injured eye
- any protective dressing
Word Origin for patch
"piece of cloth used to mend another material," late 14c., of obscure origin, perhaps a variant of pece, pieche, from Old North French pieche (see piece (n.)), or from an unrecorded Old English word (but Old English had claðflyhte "a patch"). Phrase not a patch on "nowhere near as good as" is from 1860.
"fool, clown," 1540s, perhaps from Italian pazzo "fool," of unknown origin. Possibly from Old High German barzjan "to rave" [Klein]. But Buck says pazzo is originally euphemistic, and from Latin patiens "suffering," in medical use, "the patient." Form perhaps influenced by folk etymology derivation from patch (n.1), on notion of a fool's patched garb.
mid-15c., from patch (n.1). Electronics sense of "to connect temporarily" is attested from 1923. Related: Patched; patching.