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[n] a protective cloth covering for an injured eye
[n] sewing that repairs a worn or torn place in a garment
[n] a piece of cloth used as decoration or to mend or cover a hole
[n] a connection intended to be used for a limited time
[n] a small contrasting part of something; "a bald spot"; "a leopard's spots"; "a patch of clouds"; "patches of thin ice"; "a fleck of red"
[n] a short set of commands to correct a bug in a computer program
[n] a small area of ground covered by specific vegetation; "a bean plot"; "a cabbage patch"; "a briar patch"
[v] repair by adding pieces; "She pieced the china cup"
[v] mend or supply with a patch; "patch a hole"
[v] to join or unite the pieces of; "patch the skirt"
[v] provide with a patch; also used metaphorically; "The field was patched with snow"

Misc. Definitions

\Patch\, n. [OE. pacche; of uncertain origin, perh. for placche; cf. Prov. E. platch patch, LG. plakk, plakke.]
1. A piece of cloth, or other suitable material, sewed or otherwise fixed upon a garment to repair or strengthen it, esp. upon an old garment to cover a hole. Patches set upon a little breach. --Shak.
2. Hence: A small piece of anything used to repair a breach; as, a patch on a kettle, a roof, etc.
3. A small piece of black silk stuck on the face, or neck, to hide a defect, or to heighten beauty. Your black patches you wear variously. --Beau. & Fl.
4. (Gun.) A piece of greased cloth or leather used as wrapping for a rifle ball, to make it fit the bore.
5. Fig.: Anything regarded as a patch; a small piece of ground; a tract; a plot; as, scattered patches of trees or growing corn. Employed about this patch of ground. --Bunyan.
6. (Mil.) A block on the muzzle of a gun, to do away with the effect of dispart, in sighting.
7. A paltry fellow; a rogue; a ninny; a fool. [Obs. or Colloq.] ``Thou scurvy patch.'' --Shak. {Patch ice}, ice in overlapping pieces in the sea. {Soft patch}, a patch for covering a crack in a metallic vessel, as a steam boiler, consisting of soft material, as putty, covered and held in place by a plate bolted or riveted fast.
\Patch\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Patched}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Patching}.]
1. To mend by sewing on a piece or pieces of cloth, leather, or the like; as, to patch a coat.
2. To mend with pieces; to repair with pieces festened on; to repair clumsily; as, to patch the roof of a house.
3. To adorn, as the face, with a patch or patches. Ladies who patched both sides of their faces. --Spectator.
4. To make of pieces or patches; to repair as with patches; to arrange in a hasty or clumsy manner; -- generally with up; as, to patch up a truce. ``If you'll patch a quarrel.'' --Shak.

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