(noun, verb)


1. a small contrasting part of something

- a patch of clouds

- patches of thin ice

Similar word(s): dapple, fleck, maculation, speckle, spot

Definition categories: attribute, marking

2. a small area of ground covered by specific vegetation

- a cabbage patch

- a briar patch

Similar word(s): plot

Definition categories: location, parcel, tract

3. a piece of cloth used as decoration or to mend or cover a hole

Definition categories: man–made

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

- a patch of bad weather

Similar word(s): piece, spell, while

Definition categories: time

5. a short set of commands to correct a bug in a computer program

Definition categories: communication, program, programme

6. a connection intended to be used for a limited time

Definition categories: man–made, connecter, connection, connective, connector, connexion, contrivance

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

Similar word(s): darn, mend

Definition categories: man–made, sewing, stitchery

8. a protective cloth covering for an injured eye

Definition categories: man–made

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

Similar word(s): bandage

Definition categories: man–made, dressing

Sentences with patch as a noun:

- His sleeves had patches on the elbows where different fabric had been sewn on to replace material that had worn away.

- I can't afford to replace the roof, which is what it really needs. I'll have the roofer apply a patch.

- Before you can fix a dam, you have to apply a patch to the hole so that everything can dry off.r /> or that it is temporary because it is not meant to last long or will be removed as soon as a proper repair can be made, which will happen in the near future."This patch should hold until you reach the city," the mechanic said as he patted the car's hood.

- The world economy had a rough patch in the 1930s.

- The storms last summer washed away parts of the road so we can expect some rough patches up ahead.

- To me, a normal cow is white with black patches, but Sarah's from Texas and most of the cows there have solid brown, black, or red coats.

- Doesn't that patch of clouds looks like a bunny?

- I lost my locket in this patch of grass here.

- When ice skating, be sure to stay away from reeds: there are always thin patches of ice there, and you could fall through.

- I never get first place because on track eight, right after you pass the windmill, there's a patch of oil in the road that always gets me.

- Scattered patches of trees or growing corn.

- Many people use a nicotine patch to wean themselves off of nicotine.

- He had scratched his cornea so badly that his doctor told him to wear a patch.


1. to join or unite the pieces of

- patch the skirt

Similar word(s): piece

Definition categories: contact, conjoin, join

2. provide with a patch; also used metaphorically

- The field was patched with snow

Definition categories: possession, furnish, provide, render, supply

3. mend by putting a patch on

- patch a hole

Definition categories: change, bushel, doctor, fix, mend, repair, restore

4. repair by adding pieces

Similar word(s): piece

Definition categories: change, bushel, doctor, fix, mend, repair, restore

Sentences with patch as a verb:

- I'll need to patch the preamp output to the mixer.