Patch (?), v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Patched (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
Patching.] 1. To mend by sewing on a piece
or pieces of cloth, leather, or the like; as, to patch a
2. To mend with pieces; to repair with pieces
festened on; to repair clumsily; as, to patch the roof of a
3. To adorn, as the face, with a patch or
Ladies who patched both sides of their
4. To make of pieces or patches; to repair as
with patches; to arrange in a hasty or clumsy manner; -- generally
with up; as, to patch up a truce. "If you'll
patch a quarrel." Shak.
Patch (?), n. [OE. pacche; of
uncertain origin, perh. for placche; cf. Prov. E. platch
patch, LG. plakk, plakke.] 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.
Patches set upon a little breach.
2. Hence: A small piece of anything used to
repair a breach; as, a patch on a kettle, a roof,
3. A small piece of black silk stuck on the
face, or neck, to hide a defect, or to heighten beauty.
Your black patches you wear
variously. Beau. & Fl.
4. (Gun.) A piece of greased cloth or
leather used as wrapping for a rifle ball, to make it fit the
5. Fig.: Anything regarded as a patch; a small
piece of ground; a tract; a plot; as, scattered patches of
trees or growing corn.
Employed about this patch of
6. (Mil.) A block on the muzzle of a
gun, to do away with the effect of dispart, in sighting.
7. A paltry fellow; a rogue; a ninny; a
fool. [Obs. or Colloq.] "Thou scurvy patch."
Patch ice, ice in overlapping pieces in the
sea. -- Soft patch, a patch for covering a
crack in a metallic vessel, as a steam boiler, consisting of soft
material, as putty, covered and held in place by a plate bolted or