"patches" in the noun sense
1. spot, speckle, dapple, patch, fleck, maculation
a small contrasting part of something
"a bald spot"
"a leopard's spots"
"a patch of clouds"
"patches of thin ice"
"a fleck of red"
2. plot, plot of land, plot of ground, patch
a small area of ground covered by specific vegetation
"a bean plot"
"a cabbage patch"
"a briar patch"
a piece of cloth used as decoration or to mend or cover a hole
4. while, piece, spell, patch
a period of indeterminate length (usually short) marked by some action or condition
"he was here for a little while"
"I need to rest for a piece"
"a spell of good weather"
"a patch of bad weather"
a short set of commands to correct a bug in a computer program
6. temporary hookup, patch
a connection intended to be used for a limited time
7. mend, patch, darn
sewing that repairs a worn or torn hole (especially in a garment
"her stockings had several mends"
8. eyepatch, patch
a protective cloth covering for an injured eye
9. bandage, patch
a piece of soft material that covers and protects an injured part of the body
"patches" in the verb sense
1. patch, piece
to join or unite the pieces of
"patch the skirt"
provide with a patch also used metaphorically
"The field was patched with snow"
3. patch, patch up
mend by putting a patch on
"patch a hole"
4. piece, patch
repair by adding pieces
"She pieced the china cup"
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