patch

1
[ pach ]
/ pætʃ /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to make a connection between radio circuits, telephone lines, etc. (often followed by in or into): We patched into the ship-to-shore conversation.

Origin of patch

1
1350–1400; Middle English pacche; perhaps akin to Old Provençal pedas piece to cover a hole < Vulgar Latin *pedaceum literally, something measured; compare Medieval Latin pedāre to measure in feet; see -ped

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Definition for patch (2 of 3)

patch

2
[ pach ]
/ pætʃ /

noun

a clown, fool, or booby.

Origin of patch

2
1540–50; perhaps < Italian pazzo fool

Definition for patch (3 of 3)

Patch

[ pach ]
/ pætʃ /

noun

Alexander Mc·Car·rell [muh-kar-uh l] /məˈkær əl/, 1889–1945, U.S. World War II general.

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British Dictionary definitions for patch

patch

/ (pætʃ) /

noun


verb (tr)

Derived Forms

patchable, adjectivepatcher, noun

Word Origin for patch

C16 pacche, perhaps from French pieche piece
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Medicine definitions for patch

patch

[ păch ]

n.

A small circumscribed area differing from the surrounding surface.
A dressing or covering applied to protect a wound or sore.
A transdermal patch.

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Science definitions for patch

patch

[ păch ]

A temporary, removable electronic connection, as one between two components in a communications system.
A piece of code added to software in order to fix a bug, especially as a temporary correction between two versions of the same software.

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