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English noun: patch

1. patch (attribute) a small contrasting part of something

SamplesA bald spot.
A leopard's spots.
A patch of clouds.
Patches of thin ice.
A fleck of red.

Synonymsdapple, fleck, maculation, speckle, spot

Broader (hypernym)marking

Narrower (hyponym)facula, facula, fret, macula, macula, macule, mock sun, nebula, parhelion, pinpoint, plaque, speck, splash, sundog, sunspot, worn spot

2. patch (location) a small area of ground covered by specific vegetation

SamplesA bean plot.
A cabbage patch.
A briar patch.

Synonymsplot, plot of ground, plot of land

Broader (hypernym)parcel, parcel of land, piece of ground, piece of land, tract

Narrower (hyponym)bed, garden

3. patch (artifact) a piece of cloth used as decoration or to mend or cover a hole

Broader (hypernym)piece of cloth, piece of material

Narrower (hyponym)flash, pasty, shoulder patch

4. patch (time) a period of indeterminate length (usually short) marked by some action or condition

SamplesHe was here for a little while.
I need to rest for a piece.
A spell of good weather.
A patch of bad weather.

Synonymspiece, spell, while

Broader (hypernym)time

Narrower (hyponym)cold snap, cold spell, hot spell, snap

5. patch (communication) a short set of commands to correct a bug in a computer program

Broader (hypernym)computer program, computer programme, program, programme

6. patch (artifact) a connection intended to be used for a limited time

Synonymstemporary hookup

Broader (hypernym)connecter, connection, connective, connector, connexion, contrivance, lash-up

7. patch (artifact) sewing that repairs a worn or torn hole (especially in a garment)

SamplesHer stockings had several mends.

Synonymsdarn, mend

Broader (hypernym)sewing, stitchery

8. patch (artifact) a protective cloth covering for an injured eye


Broader (hypernym)cloth covering

9. patch (artifact) a piece of soft material that covers and protects an injured part of the body


Broader (hypernym)dressing, medical dressing

Narrower (hyponym)adhesive bandage, capeline bandage, cast, compression bandage, elastic bandage, four-tailed bandage, immovable bandage, oblique bandage, plaster bandage, plaster cast, roller bandage, scarf bandage, sling, suspensory, suspensory bandage, swathe, tourniquet, triangular bandage, truss, wrapping

Part holonymgauze, gauze bandage

English verb: patch

1. patch (contact) to join or unite the pieces of

SamplesPatch the skirt.

ExamplesThey patch the cape


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something with something

Broader (hypernym)conjoin, join

Narrower (hyponym)vamp, vamp up

2. patch (possession) provide with a patch; also used metaphorically

SamplesThe field was patched with snow.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)furnish, provide, render, supply

3. patch (change) mend by putting a patch on

SamplesPatch a hole.

ExamplesThey patch the cape

Synonymspatch up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something with something

Broader (hypernym)bushel, doctor, fix, furbish up, mend, repair, restore, touch on

4. patch (change) repair by adding pieces

SamplesShe pieced the china cup.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)bushel, doctor, fix, furbish up, mend, repair, restore, touch on

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