- patchpatch1 [pach]n.[ME pacche, prob. var. of peche, a piece < OFr pieche, var. of pece, piece,PIECE]1. a piece of material applied to cover or mend a hole or tear or to strengthen a weak spot2. a dressing applied to a wound or sore3. a pad or shield worn over an eye, as for protection4. a surface area differing from its surroundings in nature or appearance [patches of snow on the ground]5. a small plot of ground [a potato patch]6.a) a small piece of any material; scrap; bit; remnantb) BEAUTY SPOT (sense 1)7. the connection of two circuits, pieces of electronic equipment, etc. with a cable (patch cord) having plugs or clips on each end, specif. such a connection ( phone patch) of telephone and radio equipment8. SHOULDER PATCH9. Comput. a number of instructions added to a program that has already been translated into machine language, as to correct an error10. Pharmacy an adhesive pad containing a drug or hormone that is to be steadily absorbed through the skin into the bloodstreamvt.1. to put a patch or patches on2. to serve as a patch for3. to form or make by the use of patches [to patch a quilt]4. to produce or piece together roughly, crudely, or hurriedly: often with up or together5. to connect (electronic circuits, equipment, etc.), as with patch cordsvi.to make electronic connections, as with patch cordsSYN.- MEND——————not a patch onInformal not as good as; not comparable or equal to [the second half is not a patch on the earlier sections]——————patch upto bring to an end or settle (differences, a quarrel, etc.)patchern.patch2 [pach]n.[prob. < It paccheo, dial. var. of pazzo, crazy (< ? L patiens, sick: see PATIENT): altered by assoc. with PATCH1] Archaic1. a court jester2. any clown or fool
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.