patch

patch
I UK [pætʃ] / US noun [countable]
Word forms "patch":
singular patch plural patches
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1) 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.

2) a piece of ground, especially one where you grow fruit or vegetables, or where a particular plant grows

the vegetable patch

a patch of nettles/grass/scrub

The "lawn" was just a tiny patch of grass.

3) 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 small piece of cloth with a design on it that you sew onto clothes for decoration

She had sewn colourful patches on her jeans.

b) a cover that you wear over an injured eye

an eye patch

4) informal an area that someone thinks of as belonging to them, for example because they live or work there. The usual American word is turf

Some officers claim that there are no drugs on their patch.

5) 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 website.

a bad/sticky/difficult/rough patch — a period of time in your life that is difficult or unpleasant

All marriages have their sticky patches.

Small businesses are going through a bit of a bad patch just now.


II UK [pætʃ] / US verb [transitive]
Word forms "patch":
present tense I/you/we/they patch he/she/it patches present participle patching past tense patched past participle patched
to cover a hole in clothes by sewing a patch over it
Phrasal verbs:

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