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noun [countable] patch pronunciation in British English /pætʃ/
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  1. 1
    an area that is different from what surrounds it
    Icy patches are likely on some roads.
    The male has a distinctive white patch on its tail.
    There were damp patches on the ceiling.
    patch of: We sat down in a patch of shade.
  2. 2
    a piece of ground, especially one where you grow fruit or vegetables, or where a particular plant grows
    the vegetable patch
    a patch of nettles/grass/scrub
    The ‘lawn’ was just a tiny patch of grass.
  3. 3
    a piece of cloth that you sew over a hole in clothes, or over a part where holes might form
    She wore a sweater with patches on the elbows.
    1. a.
      a small piece of cloth with a design on it that you sew onto clothes for decoration
      She had sewn colourful patches on her jeans.
  4. 4
    informal an area that someone thinks of as belonging to them, for example because they live or work there. The usual American word is turf
    Some officers claim that there are no drugs on their patch.
  5. 5
    computing a piece of software that you add to a computer program in order to improve it or remove a fault
    You can download this patch from our website.



a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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