- 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." [Shak.]
- Hence:A small piece of anything used to repair a breach; as, a patch on a kettle, a roof, etc.
- 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.]
- [Gun] A piece of greased cloth or leather used as wrapping for a rifle ball, to make it fit the bore.
- 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 ground." [Bunyan.]
- [Mil] A block on the muzzle of a gun, to do away with the effect of dispart, in sighting.
- A paltry fellow; a rogue; a ninny; a fool.(Obs. or Colloq)"Thou scurvy patch." [Shak.]
Etymology: OE. pacche; of uncertain origin, perh. for placche; cf. Prov. E. platch patch, LG. plakk plakke