- a piece of cloth or other material used to mend or strengthen a torn or weak point；a pad or shield worn over a sightless or injured eye.
- mend or strengthen (fabric or clothing) with a patch；place a patch over (a good eye) in order to encourage a lazy eye to work
verb: patch, 3rd person present: patches, gerund or present participle: patching, past tense: patched, past participle: patched
noun: patch, plural noun: patches
- 1. a piece of cloth or other material used to mend or strengthen a torn or weak point the jacket was of well-worn tweed with leather patches on the elbows 同義詞
- ▪ a pad or shield worn over a sightless or injured eye. 同義詞
- ▪ a piece of cloth sewn on to clothing as a badge or distinguishing mark on his sleeve there was a red ‘Freedom’ patch
- ▪ an adhesive piece of drug-impregnated material worn on the skin so that the drug may be absorbed gradually over a period of time once the patch is removed, the drug clears from the body tissue after twenty minutes
- ▪ historical a small disc of black silk worn attached to the face for adornment by women in the 17th and 18th centuries.
- 2. a part of something marked out from the rest by a particular characteristic his hair was combed forward to hide a growing bald patch the bird has a bright red patch under its wing 同義詞
- ▪ a small area or amount of something patches of bluebells in the grass
- 3. a small piece of ground, especially one used for gardening they spent Sundays digging their vegetable patch 同義詞
- ▪ British informal an area for which someone is responsible or in which they operate we didn't want any secret organizations on our patch
- 4. British informal a particular period of time he may have been going through a bad patch 同義詞
- 5. a temporary electrical or telephone connection.
- ▪ a preset configuration or sound data file in an electronic musical instrument, especially a synthesizer the guitar player has a certain patch on his FX which he's happy with synth patches over an endless drum pattern
- 6. a small piece of code inserted into a program to improve its functioning or to correct a fault a program patch that fixes a bug
- 1. mend or strengthen (fabric or clothing) with a patch her jeans were neatly patched
- ▪ place a patch over (a good eye) in order to encourage a lazy eye to work the amblyopia may be treated by patching the good eye
- ▪ cover small areas of (a surface) with something different, causing it to appear variegated the grass was patched with sandy stretches
- 2. informal treat someone's injuries or repair the damage to something in an improvised way they did their best to patch up the gaping wounds
- ▪ construct something hastily from unsuitable components lean-tos patched together from aluminium siding and planks
- ▪ restore peaceful or friendly relations after a quarrel or dispute any ill feeling could be patched up with a phone call they sent him home to patch things up with his wife
- 3. connect by a temporary electrical, radio, or telephonic connection patch me through to number nine
- 4. improve or correct (a routine or program) by inserting a patch had he patched our system to recognize a magic password?