[ pach ]
/ pætʃ /
a small piece of material used to mend a tear or break, to cover a hole, or to strengthen a weak place: patches at the elbows of a sports jacket.
a piece of material used to cover or protect a wound, an injured part, etc.: a patch over the eye.
Also called skin patch, trans·der·mal patch. an adhesive patch that applies to the skin and gradually delivers drugs or medication to the user: using a nicotine patch to try to quit smoking.
any of the pieces of cloth sewed together to form patchwork.
a small piece, scrap, or area of anything: a patch of ice on the road.
a piece or tract of land; plot.
a small field, plot, or garden, especially one in which a specific type of plant grows or is cultivated: a cabbage patch; a bean patch.
Military. a cloth emblem worn on the upper uniform sleeve to identify the military unit of the wearer.
a small organizational or affiliational emblem of cloth sewn to one's jacket, shirt, cap, etc.
a connection or hookup, as between radio circuits or telephone lines: The patch allowed shut-ins to hear the game by telephone.
a period of time characterized by some quality: he was going through a rough patch.
Computers. a small piece of code designed to be inserted into an executable program in order to fix errors in, or update the program or its supporting data.
verb (used with object)
to mend, cover, or strengthen with or as if with a patch or patches.
to repair or restore, especially in a hasty or makeshift way (usually followed by up).
to make by joining patches or pieces together: to patch a quilt.
to settle or smooth over (a quarrel, difference, etc.) (often followed by up): They patched up their quarrel before the company arrived.
(especially in radio and telephone communications) to connect or hook up (circuits, programs, conversations, etc.) (often followed by through, into, etc.): The radio show was patched through to the ship. Patch me through to the mainland.
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 patch1
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
patch·a·ble, adjectivepatch·er, nounpatch·less, adjectiveun·patched, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for transdermal patch
/ (pætʃ) /
- 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 piece, area, expanse, etc
- a small plot of land
- its producea patch of cabbages
a district for which particular officials, such as social workers or policemen, have responsibilityhe's a problem that's on your patch, John
pathol any discoloured area on the skin, mucous membranes, etc, usually being one sign of a specific disorder
- a protective covering for an injured eye
- any protective dressing
an imitation beauty spot, esp one made of black or coloured silk, worn by both sexes, esp in the 18th century
Also called: flash US an identifying piece of fabric worn on the shoulder of a uniform, on a vehicle, etc
a small contrasting section or stretcha patch of cloud in the blue sky
a scrap; remnant
computing a small set of instructions to correct or improve a computer program
Australian informal the insignia of a motorcycle club or gang
a bad patch a difficult or troubled time
not a patch on informal not nearly as good as
to mend or supply (a garment, etc) with a patch or patches
to put together or produce with patches
(of material) to serve as a patch to
(often foll by up) to mend hurriedly or in a makeshift way
(often foll by up) to make (up) or settle (a quarrel)
to connect (electric circuits) together temporarily by means of a patch board
(usually foll by through) to connect (a telephone call) by means of a patch board
computing to correct or improve (a program) by adding a small set of instructions
Derived Formspatchable, adjectivepatcher, noun
Word Origin for patch
C16 pacche, perhaps from French pieche piece
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Medicine definitions for transdermal patch (1 of 2)
A medicated adhesive pad that is placed on the skin to deliver a timed-release dose of medication through the skin into the bloodstream.skin patch
Medicine definitions for transdermal patch (2 of 2)
[ păch ]
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 transdermal 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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