pat1

[pat] /pæt/
verb (used with object), patted, patting.
1.
to strike lightly or gently with something flat, as with a paddle or the palm of the hand, usually in order to flatten, smooth, or shape:
"to pat dough into flat pastry forms."
2.
to stroke or tap gently with the palm or fingers as an expression of affection, approbation, etc.
3.
to strike (the floor, ground, etc.) with light footsteps.
verb (used without object), patted, patting.
4.
to strike lightly or gently.
5.
to walk or run with light footsteps.
noun
6.
a light stroke, tap, or blow with the palm, fingers, or a flat object.
7.
the sound of a light stroke or of light footsteps.
8.
a small piece or mass, usually flat and square, formed by patting, cutting, etc.:
"a pat of butter."
Idioms
9.
a pat on the back, a word of praise, congratulations, or encouragement:
"Everyone needs a pat on the back now and then."
10.
pat down, to pat or pass the hands over the body of (a clothed person) to detect concealed weapons, drugs, etc.
11.
pat on the back, to praise, congratulate, or encourage:
"The boss patted him on the back for the deal he made yesterday."
Origin
1375–1425; late Middle English pat blow, stroke, apparently of expressive orig.
Related forms
unpatted, adjective
Synonyms
8. square, cake, dab.

pat2

[pat] /pæt/
adjective
1.
exactly to the point or purpose; apt; opportune:
"a pat solution to a problem."
2.
excessively glib; unconvincingly facile:
"His answers were too pat to suit the examining board."
3.
learned, known, or mastered perfectly or exactly:
"to have something pat."
adverb
4.
exactly or perfectly.
5.
aptly; opportunely.
Idioms
6.
down pat, mastered or learned perfectly:
"If you're an actor, you have to get your lines down pat."
Also, down cold.
7.
stand pat,
  1. to cling or hold firm to one's decision, policy, or beliefs:
    The government must stand pat in its policy.
  2. Poker. to play a hand as dealt, without drawing other cards.
Origin
1570–80; orig. adverbial use of pat1, as obsolete to hit pat to strike accurately
Related forms
patness, noun
patter, noun

Pat

[pat] /pæt/
noun
1.
a male given name, form of Patrick.
2.
a female given name, form of Patricia.

PAT

1.
Football. point after touchdown; points after touchdown.
2.
Banking. preauthorized automatic transfer.

pat.

1.
2.
patented.

McCormick

[muh-kawr-mik] /məˈkɔr mɪk/
noun
1.
Anne Elizabeth O'Hare, 1882–1954, U.S. journalist, born in England.
2.
Cyrus Hall, 1809–84, U.S. inventor, especially of harvesting machinery.
3.
Patricia ("Pat") born 1930, U.S. diver.
4.
Robert Rutherford, 1880–1955, U.S. newspaper publisher.

Nixon

[nik-suh n] /ˈnɪk sən/
noun
1.
Richard M(ilhous)
[mil-hous] /ˈmɪl haʊs/ (Show IPA),
1913–94, 37th president of the U.S., 1969–74 (resigned).
2.
his wife, Thelma Catherine Ryan ("Pat") 1912–93, U.S. First Lady 1969–74.
Example Sentences for pat
But judging by the latest results from sleep research, you should be getting a pat on the back.
Pat out the dough on an oiled sheet of parchment paper.
If you already back up your photos, consider this your pat on the back.
So a strategy of always switching wins twice as often as a strategy of standing pat.
Mix to coat, then pat ingredients into a single layer.
Thus, you eliminate the post-photo dance where you pat your pockets one by one until you find the cap again.
Everyone rushes into them, so the price rises sharply and investors pat themselves on the back for their shrewdness.
And pat yourself on the back for having done so the next apparently.
Once you've mastered mixing, pat yourself on the back.
Pat the dirt down gently, but don't pack it down too tightly.
British Dictionary definitions for pat
McCormick (məˈkɔːmɪk)
 
n
Cyrus Hall. 1809--84, US inventor of the reaping machine (1831)

Nixon (ˈnɪksən)
 
n
Richard M(ilhous). 1913--94, US Republican politician; 37th president from 1969 until he resigned over the Watergate scandal in 1974
 
Nixonian
 
adj

pat1 (pæt)
 
vb , pats, patting, patted
1.  to hit (something) lightly with the palm of the hand or some other flat surface: to pat a ball
2.  to slap (a person or animal) gently, esp on the back, as an expression of affection, congratulation, etc
3.  (tr) to shape, smooth, etc, with a flat instrument or the palm
4.  (intr) to walk or run with light footsteps
5.  informal pat someone on the back to congratulate or encourage someone
 
n
6.  a light blow with something flat
7.  a gentle slap
8.  a small mass of something: a pat of butter
9.  the sound made by a light stroke or light footsteps
10.  informal pat on the back a gesture or word indicating approval or encouragement
 
[C14: perhaps imitative]

pat2 (pæt)
 
adv
1.  Also: off pat exactly or fluently memorized or mastered: he recited it pat
2.  opportunely or aptly
3.  stand pat
 a.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) to refuse to abandon a belief, decision, etc
 b.  (in poker, etc) to play without adding new cards to the hand dealt
 
adj
4.  exactly right for the occasion; apt: a pat reply
5.  too exactly fitting; glib: a pat answer to a difficult problem
6.  exactly right: a pat hand in poker
 
[C17: perhaps adverbial use (``with a light stroke'') of pat1]

pat3 (pæt)
 
n
informal (Austral) on one's pat alone; on one's own
 
[C20: rhyming slang, from Pat Malone]

Pat (pæt)
 
n
an informal name for an Irishman
 
[from Patrick]

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Word Origin and History for pat
pat
c.1400, "a blow, stroke," perhaps originally imitative of the sound of patting. The verb "to tap or strike lightly" is attested from c.1600, and the noun "light tap with hand" is from c.1804. The noun sense "that which is formed by patting" (as in pat of butter) is 1754, probably from the verb. The nursery rhyme phrase pat-a-cake is known from 1874.
pat
"apt, suitably," 1578, perhaps a special use of pat (n.) in sense of "hitting" the mark. The adj. is 1638, from the adverb.
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PAT

point after touchdown

pat.

patent
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pat

In addition to the idiom beginning with pat, also see stand pat.

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