Etymology: Middle English pacche
Date: 14th century
1. a piece of material used to mend or cover a hole or a weak spot
2. a tiny piece of black silk or court plaster worn on the face or neck especially by women to hide a blemish or to heighten beauty
a. a piece of material (as adhesive plaster) used medically usually to cover a wound
b. a usually disk-shaped piece of material that is worn on the skin and contains a substance (as a drug) that is absorbed at a constant rate through the skin into the bloodstream <a nicotine patch> c. a shield worn over the socket of an injured or missing eye 4. a. a small piece ; scrap b. a part or area distinct from that about it <cabbage patch> c. a period of time ; spell <was going through a rough patch> 5. someone or something equal or comparable — usually used in negative constructions <the new chairman isn't a patch on his predecessor> 6. a piece of cloth sewed on a garment as an ornament or insignia; especially shoulder patch 7. a temporary connection in a communication system (as a telephone hookup) 8. a minor correction or modification in a computer program II. transitive verb Date: 15th century 1. to mend, cover, or fill up a hole or weak spot in 2. to provide with a patch 3. a. to make of patches or fragments b. to mend or put together especially in hasty or shabby fashion — usually used with up c. to apply a patch to (a computer program) 4. a. to connect (as circuits) by a patch cord b. to connect (as a person or message) to a communication system especially temporarily <they patched him into the conference call> Synonyms: see mend III. noun Etymology: perhaps by folk etymology from Italian dialect paccio Date: 1549 fool, dolt
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.