|1.||a. a piece of material used to mend a garment or to make patchwork, a sewn-on pocket, etc|
|b. (as modifier): a patch pocket|
|2.||a small piece, area, expanse, etc|
|3.||a. a small plot of land|
|b. 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|
|a. a protective covering for an injured eye|
|b. 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.||informal (Austral) 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|
|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|
|20.||to connect (electric circuits) together temporarily by means of a patch board|
|22.||computing to correct or improve (a program) by adding a small set of instructions|
|[C16 pacche, perhaps from French pieche|
A small circumscribed area differing from the surrounding surface.
A dressing or covering applied to protect a wound or sore.
A transdermal patch.
transdermal patch n.
A medicated adhesive pad that is placed on the skin to deliver a time-release dose of medication through the skin into the bloodstream.
|patch (pāch) Pronunciation Key
planned approach to community health