patch1 [ pætʃ ] noun count **
▸ 1 piece of cloth
▸ 2 different part of something
▸ 3 piece of ground
▸ 4 piece of software
▸ 5 with nicotine
1. ) a piece of cloth that you sew over a hole in clothes, or over a part where holes might form:
She wore a sweater with patches on the elbows.
a ) a cover that you wear over an injured eye:
an eye patch
b ) a small piece of cloth with a design on it that you sew onto clothes for decoration:
She had sewn colorful patches on her jeans.
2. ) an area that is different from what surrounds it:
Icy patches are likely on some roads.
The male has a distinctive white patch on its tail.
There were damp patches on the ceiling.
patch of: We sat down in a patch of shade.
a ) a bald patch a place on someone's head where hair no longer grows, or a surface that has some parts missing, for example an area of grass or a carpet
b ) in patches in some parts only:
The play was good in patches.
3. ) a piece of ground, especially one where you grow fruit or vegetables, or where a particular plant grows:
the carrot patch
a patch of nettles/grass/scrub
The lawn was just a tiny patch of grass.
a ) MAINLY BRITISH INFORMAL an area that someone thinks of as belonging to them, for example because they live or work there: TURF
4. ) COMPUTING a piece of software that you add to a computer program in order to improve it or remove a fault:
You can download this patch from our web site.
(go through) a bad/sticky/difficult/rough patch
to experience a period of time in your life that is difficult or unpleasant:
All marriages have their rough patches.
patch 2 [ pætʃ ] verb transitive
to cover a hole in clothes by sewing a patch over it
,patch `through phrasal verb transitive
patch someone through to allow someone speaking to you on a phone or radio to speak to someone else:
I'm just patching you through now.
,patch to`gether phrasal verb transitive
to make something quickly and often carelessly by putting together various objects or ideas:
We managed to patch together an impromptu evening's entertainment.
,patch `up phrasal verb transitive
1. ) to become friends with someone again after a disagreement:
The meeting was intended to patch up relations between the two sides.
patch it/things up (with someone): Isn't it time you two patched it up?
Apparently, they've since patched things up with their father.
2. ) to repair something, often quickly and not very well:
The road needs resurfacing, not just patching up.
3. ) to give basic medical treatment to someone who is injured:
The nurses managed to patch her up temporarily.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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