patch - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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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.

     Synonyms and related words
    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.

       Synonyms and related words
    2. b.
      a cover that you wear over an injured eye

      an eye patch

  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.