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Patch may refer to:



  • Patch (computing), fix for a software program
  • Patch (Unix), UNIX utility
  • Patch, a 3-D Bézier curve used in computer graphics, or a primitive in some 3-D software packages


  • Patch (synthesizer), sound setting for musical synthesizers
  • Patch cable, electrical or optical cable used to connect devices for signal routing
  • Autopatch or phone patch, used in amateur radio to access an outgoing connection
  • Swede Patch 2000, guitar/synthesizer hybrid made by Hagström

Natural & artificial vision






  • Patch (film), 2005 film


  • Alexander Patch (1889-1945), general of US Army in World War II
  • Harry Patch, Britsh veteran of the great war
  • Patch Adams, aka Hunter Adams (b. 1945), founder of the Gesundheit! Institute
  • Patch, aka Patrick Johnson, a fictional character from the Renegade Spirit Trilogy written by John Perrodin and Jerry B. Jenkins
  • Patch, aka Steve Johnson (Days of our Lives), fictional character on the American soap opera Days of Our Lives
  • Patch, fictional character from The Tribe played by Morgan Palmer-Hubbard
  • Patch, an alias/nickname of Wolverine

Other uses

  • Patch, the practice of compulsory figures in figure skating, as each skater is assigned their own "patch" of ice


Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

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patch (plural patches)

  1. A piece of cloth, or other suitable material, sewed or otherwise fixed upon a garment to repair or strengthen it, esp. upon an old garment to cover a hole.
  2. A small piece of anything used to repair a breach; as, a patch on a kettle, a roof, etc.
  3. A small piece of black silk stuck on the face, or neck, to hide a defect, or to heighten beauty.
  4. A piece of greased cloth or leather used as wrapping for a rifle ball, to make it fit the bore.
  5. A small area, a small piece of ground; a tract; a plot; as, scattered patches of trees or growing corn.
  6. A period of time.
    The world economy had a rough patch in the 1930s.
  7. (figuratively) A fit.
  8. A block on the muzzle of a gun, to do away with the effect of dispart, in sighting.
  9. (archaic) A paltry fellow; a rogue; a ninny; a fool.
  10. (computing) A file describing changes made to a computer file or files, usually changes made to a computer program that fix a programming bug. A patch file, a file used for input to a patch program.
  11. An adhesive piece of material, impregnated with a drug, which is worn on the skin; the drug being slowly absorbed over a period of time.
  12. A small piece of material that is manually passed through a gun barrel to clean it.
  13. (Often patch cable, patch cord etc.; see also patch panel) A cable connecting two pieces of electrical equipment.


Derived terms


Proper noun




  1. (computing) The program that updates old versions of files, based on a record of differences with the newer versions.

Usage notes

The proper noun "patch" is written in lower case because of Unix conventions and its case sensitivity.


to patch

Third person singular

Simple past

Past participle

Present participle

to patch (third-person singular simple present patches, present participle patching, simple past and past participle patched)

  1. To mend by sewing on a piece or pieces of cloth, leather, or the like; as, to patch a coat.
  2. To mend with pieces; to repair with pieces fastened on.
  3. To repair clumsily; as, to patch the roof of a house.
  4. To adorn, as the face, with a patch or patches.
  5. To make of pieces or patches like a quilt.
  6. To repair as with patches.
  7. To arrange in a hasty or clumsy manner; – generally with up; as, to patch up a truce.
  8. (computing) To make the changes a patch describes; to apply a patch to the files in question. Hence:
    1. To fix or improve a computer program without a complete upgrade.
    2. To make a quick and possibly temporary change to a program.
  9. To connect two pieces of electrical equipment using a cable.
    I'll need to patch the preamp output to the mixer



See also


Simple English

The English Wiktionary has a dictionary definition (meanings of a word) for:

A patch is a piece of a flexible material used to repair an object that has a hole in it, to protect an object from damage even before it is damaged, or to decorate clothing or other fabric items.


Cloth patches

For repairs

Cloth patches are rectangles of cloth that are used to cover up holes in clothing and other fabric items. Patches are usually used on clothes and soft things like cushions, teddy bears and blankets. Patches are sewn on with a needle and thread or glued on using a hot iron.

For decoration

Many types of uniforms use cloth patches that have embroidered words or images on them. For example, police officers' uniforms have patches that state the name of the police force. Military uniforms have patches that have the flag of the country embroidered on them and the military unit that the soldier is part of. Many uniforms for businesses have cloth patches with the name of the company and the company logo embroidered on them.

As well, many people wear patches on their regular clothing. Some patches are sold by tourist stores. These patches have the name of a region on them. Other patches worn by teenagers have the names and logos of rock bands on them. Motorcycle biker gang members, such as members of the Hell's Angels wear patches on their leather vests that state the name of their gang and the logo of the gang.

Leather patches

Leather patches are rectangles of leather that are used to cover up holes in clothing and other fabric items. Leather patches are usually used on heavy-duty work clothes, or on the elbows of jackets, or on the knees of pants. Leather patches are sewn on with a needle and thread.

Rubber patches

Rubber patches are rectangles, squares, or circular pieces of flat, thin rubber that are glued onto bicycle tire inner tubes, car tire inner tubes, and inflatable toys to repair holes.

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