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PATCH

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does patch mean? 

PATCH (noun)
  The noun PATCH has 9 senses:

1. a small contrasting part of something
2. a small area of ground covered by specific vegetation
3. a piece of cloth used as decoration or to mend or cover a hole
4. a period of indeterminate length (usually short) marked by some action or condition
5. a short set of commands to correct a bug in a computer program
6. a connection intended to be used for a limited time
7. sewing that repairs a worn or torn hole (especially in a garment)
8. a protective cloth covering for an injured eye
9. a piece of soft material that covers and protects an injured part of the body

  Familiarity information: PATCH used as a noun is familiar.


PATCH (verb)
  The verb PATCH has 4 senses:

1. to join or unite the pieces of
2. provide with a patch; also used metaphorically
3. mend by putting a patch on
4. repair by adding pieces

  Familiarity information: PATCH used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


PATCH (noun)


Sense 1patch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A small contrasting part of something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

dapple; maculation; patch; speckle; fleck; spot

Context examples:

a bald spot / a leopard's spots / a patch of clouds / patches of thin ice / a fleck of red

Hypernyms ("patch" is a kind of...):

marking (a pattern of marks)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "patch"):

macula; macule (a patch of skin that is discolored but not usually elevated; caused by various diseases)

plaque ((pathology) a small abnormal patch on or inside the body)

fret; worn spot (a spot that has been worn away by abrasion or erosion)

splash (a patch of bright color)

nebula ((pathology) a faint cloudy spot on the cornea)

pinpoint; speck (a very small spot)


Sense 2patch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A small area of ground covered by specific vegetation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Synonyms:

plot of ground; patch; plot

Context examples:

a bean plot / a cabbage patch / a briar patch

Hypernyms ("patch" is a kind of...):

parcel; parcel of land; piece of ground; piece of land; tract (an extended area of land)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "patch"):

bed (a plot of ground in which plants are growing)

garden (a plot of ground where plants are cultivated)


Sense 3patch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A piece of cloth used as decoration or to mend or cover a hole

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("patch" is a kind of...):

piece of cloth; piece of material (a separate part consisting of fabric)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "patch"):

shoulder patch (patch worn on the shoulder of a military uniform to indicate rank)

pasty ((usually used in the plural) one of a pair of adhesive patches worn to cover the nipples of exotic dancers and striptease performers)

flash (a bright patch of color used for decoration or identification)


Sense 4patch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A period of indeterminate length (usually short) marked by some action or condition

Classified under:

Nouns denoting time and temporal relations

Synonyms:

while; spell; patch; piece

Context examples:

he was here for a little while / I need to rest for a piece / a spell of good weather / a patch of bad weather

Hypernyms ("patch" is a kind of...):

time (an indefinite period (usually marked by specific attributes or activities))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "patch"):

cold snap; cold spell (a spell of cold weather)

hot spell (a spell of hot weather)

snap (a spell of cold weather)


Sense 5patch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A short set of commands to correct a bug in a computer program

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("patch" is a kind of...):

computer program; computer programme; program; programme ((computer science) a sequence of instructions that a computer can interpret and execute)


Sense 6patch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A connection intended to be used for a limited time

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

temporary hookup; patch

Hypernyms ("patch" is a kind of...):

connecter; connection; connective; connector; connexion (an instrumentality that connects)

contrivance; lash-up (any improvised arrangement for temporary use)


Sense 7patch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Sewing that repairs a worn or torn hole (especially in a garment)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

mend; darn; patch

Context example:

her stockings had several mends

Hypernyms ("patch" is a kind of...):

sewing; stitchery (needlework on which you are working with needle and thread)


Sense 8patch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A protective cloth covering for an injured eye

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

eyepatch; patch

Hypernyms ("patch" is a kind of...):

cloth covering (a covering made of cloth)


Sense 9patch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A piece of soft material that covers and protects an injured part of the body

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

bandage; patch

Hypernyms ("patch" is a kind of...):

dressing; medical dressing (a cloth covering for a wound or sore)

Meronyms (parts of "patch"):

gauze; gauze bandage ((medicine) bleached cotton cloth of plain weave used for bandages and dressings)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "patch"):

adhesive bandage (bandage consisting of a medical dressing of plain absorbent gauze held in place by a plastic or fabric tape coated with adhesive)

truss ((medicine) a bandage consisting of a pad and belt; worn to hold a hernia in place by pressure)

swathe; wrapping (an enveloping bandage)

suspensory; suspensory bandage (a bandage of elastic fabric applied to uplift a dependant part (as the scrotum or a pendulous breast))

scarf bandage; sling; triangular bandage (bandage to support an injured forearm; consisting of a wide triangular piece of cloth hanging from around the neck)

roller bandage (bandage consisting of a strip of sterile fabric (of variable width) rolled into a cylinder to facilitate application)

oblique bandage (a bandage in which successive turns proceed obliquely up or down a limb)

immovable bandage (a bandage of cloth impregnated with a substance (e.g., plaster of Paris) that hardens soon after it is applied)

four-tailed bandage (a bandage consisting of a strip of cloth split in two on both ends; the central part is placed under the chin to restrict motion of the mandible and the tails are tied over the top of the head)

elastic bandage (a bandage containing stretchable material that can apply local pressure)

compression bandage; tourniquet (bandage that stops the flow of blood from an artery by applying pressure)

cast; plaster bandage; plaster cast (bandage consisting of a firm covering (often made of plaster of Paris) that immobilizes broken bones while they heal)

capeline bandage (bandage that covers the head or an amputation stump like a cap)


PATCH (verb)


Sense 1patch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To join or unite the pieces of

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

patch; piece

Context example:

patch the skirt

Hypernyms (to "patch" is one way to...):

conjoin; join (make contact or come together)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "patch"):

vamp; vamp up (piece (something old) with a new part)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something with something

Sentence example:

They patch the cape


Sense 2patch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Provide with a patch; also used metaphorically

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Context example:

The field was patched with snow

Hypernyms (to "patch" is one way to...):

furnish; provide; render; supply (provide or furnish with)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3patch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Mend by putting a patch on

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

patch up; patch

Context example:

patch a hole

Hypernyms (to "patch" is one way to...):

bushel; doctor; fix; furbish up; mend; repair; restore; touch on (restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something with something

Sentence example:

They patch the cape

Also:

patch up (come to terms)


Sense 4patch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Repair by adding pieces

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

patch; piece

Context example:

She pieced the china cup

Hypernyms (to "patch" is one way to...):

bushel; doctor; fix; furbish up; mend; repair; restore; touch on (restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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