follow Dictionary.com

11 Trending Words of 2014

Patch

[pach] /pætʃ/
noun
1.
Alexander McCarrell
[muh-kar-uh l] /məˈkær əl/ (Show IPA),
1889–1945, U.S. World War II general.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for a mccarrell patch

patch

/pætʃ/
noun
1.
  1. a piece of material used to mend a garment or to make patchwork, a sewn-on pocket, etc
  2. (as modifier): a patch pocket
2.
a small piece, area, expanse, etc
3.
  1. a small plot of land
  2. its produce: a patch of cabbages
4.
a district for which particular officials, such as social workers or policemen, have responsibility: he's a problem that's on your patch, John
5.
(pathol) any discoloured area on the skin, mucous membranes, etc, usually being one sign of a specific disorder
6.
(med)
  1. a protective covering for an injured eye
  2. any protective dressing
7.
an imitation beauty spot, esp one made of black or coloured silk, worn by both sexes, esp in the 18th century
8.
(US) Also called flash. an identifying piece of fabric worn on the shoulder of a uniform, on a vehicle, etc
9.
a small contrasting section or stretch: a patch of cloud in the blue sky
10.
a scrap; remnant
11.
(computing) a small set of instructions to correct or improve a computer program
12.
(Austral, informal) the insignia of a motorcycle club or gang
13.
a bad patch, a difficult or troubled time
14.
(informal) not a patch on, not nearly as good as
verb (transitive)
15.
to mend or supply (a garment, etc) with a patch or patches
16.
to put together or produce with patches
17.
(of material) to serve as a patch to
18.
(often foll by up) to mend hurriedly or in a makeshift way
19.
(often foll by up) to make (up) or settle (a quarrel)
20.
to connect (electric circuits) together temporarily by means of a patch board
21.
(usually foll by through) to connect (a telephone call) by means of a patch board
22.
(computing) to correct or improve (a program) by adding a small set of instructions
Derived Forms
patchable, adjective
patcher, noun
Word Origin
C16 pacche, perhaps from French piechepiece
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for a mccarrell patch

patch

n.

"piece of cloth used to mend another material," late 14c., of obscure origin, perhaps a variant of pece, pieche, from Old North French pieche (see piece (n.)), or from an unrecorded Old English word (but Old English had claðflyhte "a patch"). Phrase not a patch on "nowhere near as good as" is from 1860.

"fool, clown," 1540s, perhaps from Italian pazzo "fool," of unknown origin. Possibly from Old High German barzjan "to rave" [Klein]. But Buck says pazzo is originally euphemistic, and from Latin patiens "suffering," in medical use, "the patient." Form perhaps influenced by folk etymology derivation from patch (n.1), on notion of a fool's patched garb.

v.

mid-15c., from patch (n.1). Electronics sense of "to connect temporarily" is attested from 1923. Related: Patched; patching.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
a mccarrell patch in Medicine

patch (pāch)
n.

  1. A small circumscribed area differing from the surrounding surface.

  2. A dressing or covering applied to protect a wound or sore.

  3. A transdermal patch.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
a mccarrell patch in Science
patch
  (pāch)   
  1. A temporary, removable electronic connection, as one between two components in a communications system.

  2. A piece of code added to software in order to fix a bug, especially as a temporary correction between two versions of the same software.


The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
Related Abbreviations for a mccarrell patch

PATCH

planned approach to community health
The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for Patch

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for a

0
0
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for a mccarrell patch