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patch

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[ pach ]
/ pætʃ /
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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.

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Origin of patch

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1350–1400; Middle English pacche; perhaps akin to Old Provençal pedas “piece to cover a hole,” from unattested Vulgar Latin pedaceum literally, “something measured”; compare Medieval Latin pedāre “to measure in fee”t; see -ped

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14. See mend.

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Definition for patch (2 of 3)

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[ pach ]
/ pætʃ /

noun

a clown, fool, or booby.

Origin of patch

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1540–50; perhaps <Italian pazzo fool

Definition for patch (3 of 3)

Patch
[ pach ]
/ pætʃ /

noun

Alexander Mc·Car·rell [muh-kar-uhl], /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 of patch

patchable, adjectivepatcher, noun

Word Origin for patch

C16 pacche, perhaps from French pieche piece
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Medical 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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Scientific 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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