define: patch


noun: patch; plural noun: patches

Middle English (pacche): perhaps from a variant of Old French pieche, dialect variant of piece:  Vulgar Latin pedaceum literally, something measured

  • a piece of material used to mend or cover a hole or a weak spot
  • a small piece : scrap
  • a temporary connection in a communication system
  • a part of something marked out from the rest by a particular characteristic
  • a small piece of ground, especially one used for gardening
  • an area for which someone is responsible or in which they operate
  • a period of time seen as a distinct unit with a characteristic quality
  • a preset configuration or sound-data file in an electronic musical instrument, especially a synthesizer
  • verb: patch; 3rd person present: patches; past tense: patched; past participle: patched;
  • gerund or present participle: patching
  • mend or strengthen by putting a piece of material over a hole or weak point
  • correct, enhance, or modify (a routine or program) by inserting a patch
  • repair the damage to something, especially hastily
  • construct something hastily from unsuitable components
  • restore peaceful or friendly relations after a quarrel or dispute
  • to connect (as circuits) by a patch cord
patch (noun): where connections are made from anything to anything; patch (verb): making those connections


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