patch

Definitions

General English

General Science

  • noun a small correction made to software by the user, on the instructions of the software publisher

Agriculture

  • noun a small cultivated area with one type of plant growing in it, e.g. a pumpkin patch or onion patch

Computing

  • noun a temporary correction made to a program by a user, often on the instructions of the software publisher

Construction

  • A piece of wood or synthetic material used to fill defects in the plies of plywood. Also called a plug.
  • A compound used in stonemasonry to replace chips and broken corners or edges in fabricated pieces of cut stone or to fill natural voids. The patch is applied in plastic form.

Electronics

  • A temporary connection made between terminals of a patch panel. Also, to be connected in this manner.
  • A temporary connection made between terminals, using for instance, an alligator clip. Also, to be connected in this manner.
  • A piece of code added to a program to fix some problem, such as a bug. Also, the modification provided by the insertion of such code. Used, for instance, as a provisional remedy between product releases.

Information & Library Science

  • noun the process of making small additions to a PostScript file without altering the original code underneath

Media Studies

  • verb to connect one telephone or radio caller with another or transfer a call

Medical

  • noun a piece of sticking plaster with a substance on it, which is stuck to the skin to allow the substance to be gradually absorbed into the system through the skin, e.g. in HRT

Publishing

  • noun a correction which is inserted into a bromide or film by stripping in
  • noun one of a series of test colour prints in a control strip on a colour proof

Slang

  • noun one’s territory, area of jurisdiction. A designation used by street gangs, drug dealers and law enforcers.

Theater

  • (written as Patch)
    A name for a court fool or jester. The first to be so called was Cardinal Wolsey's jester, Sexton, who got the name either from the Italian pazzo, a fool, or from the patched dress worn by jesters.In 1529 Wolsey gave Patch to Henry VIII, in a last doomed attempt to preventhis fall from favour.
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