[ pach ]
/ pætʃ /


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.

Nearby words

  1. patagonian toothfish,
  2. pataka,
  3. patan,
  4. patanjali,
  5. pataphysics,
  6. patch board,
  7. patch cord,
  8. patch pocket,
  9. patch quilt,
  10. patch reef

Origin of patch

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

14. fix. See mend.

14. break.

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for unpatched

  • A whole coat, unpatched trousers, were things to wonder at here.

    A Life For a Love|L. T. Meade

British Dictionary definitions for unpatched


/ (pætʃ) /


verb (tr)

Derived Formspatchable, adjectivepatcher, noun

Word Origin for patch

C16 pacche, perhaps from French pieche piece

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Word Origin and History for unpatched
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Medicine definitions for unpatched


[ 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 unpatched


[ 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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