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

Related forms

Definition for patch up (2 of 2)

patch-up

[ pach-uhp ]
/ ˈpætʃˌʌp /

noun

an act or instance of patching or repair.

adjective

done by patching or fixing: a quick patch-up job.

Origin of patch-up

First recorded in 1900–05; noun, adj. use of verb phrase patch up
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British Dictionary definitions for patch up

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 up

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 up

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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Idioms and Phrases with patch up

patch up

Mend or repair, make whole. For example, He managed to patch up the lawn mower so it's running, or John cut his hand badly, but they patched him up in the emergency room, or Mike and Molly have patched up their differences. This term alludes to mending something by putting patches of material on it. [Second half of 1500s]


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