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 for patch
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Patch \Patch\ (p[a^]ch), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Patched
     (p[a^]cht); 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 coat.
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     2. To mend with pieces; to repair with pieces festened on; to
        repair clumsily; as, to patch the roof of a house.
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     3. To adorn, as the face, with a patch or patches.
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              Ladies who patched both sides of their faces.
                                                    --Spectator.
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     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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Patch \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.
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              Patches set upon a little breach.     --Shak.
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     2. Hence: A small piece of anything used to repair a breach;
        as, a patch on a kettle, a roof, etc.
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     3. A small piece of black silk stuck on the face, or neck, to
        hide a defect, or to heighten beauty.
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              Your black patches you wear variously. --Beau. & Fl.
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     4. (Gun.) A piece of greased cloth or leather used as
        wrapping for a rifle ball, to make it fit the bore.
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     5. Fig.: Anything regarded as a patch; a small piece of
        ground; a tract; a plot; as, scattered patches of trees or
        growing corn.
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              Employed about this patch of ground.  --Bunyan.
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     6. (Mil.) A block on the muzzle of a gun, to do away with the
        effect of dispart, in sighting.
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     7. A paltry fellow; a rogue; a ninny; a fool. [Obs. or
        Colloq.] "Thou scurvy patch." --Shak.
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     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
        riveted fast.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  patch
      n 1: 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" [syn: spot, speckle, dapple,
           patch, fleck, maculation]
      2: a small area of ground covered by specific vegetation; "a
         bean plot"; "a cabbage patch"; "a briar patch" [syn: plot,
         plot of land, plot of ground, patch]
      3: a piece of cloth used as decoration or to mend or cover a
         hole
      4: 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" [syn: while, piece, spell,
         patch]
      5: a short set of commands to correct a bug in a computer
         program
      6: a connection intended to be used for a limited time [syn:
         temporary hookup, patch]
      7: sewing that repairs a worn or torn hole (especially in a
         garment); "her stockings had several mends" [syn: mend,
         patch, darn]
      8: a protective cloth covering for an injured eye [syn:
         eyepatch, patch]
      9: a piece of soft material that covers and protects an injured
         part of the body [syn: bandage, patch]
      v 1: to join or unite the pieces of; "patch the skirt" [syn:
           patch, piece]
      2: provide with a patch; also used metaphorically; "The field
         was patched with snow"
      3: mend by putting a patch on; "patch a hole" [syn: patch,
         patch up]
      4: repair by adding pieces; "She pieced the china cup" [syn:
         piece, patch]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  268 Moby Thesaurus words for "patch":
     Hershey bar, X ray, actinic ray, actinism, area, atomic beam,
     atomic ray, aviation badge, badge, bailiwick, bar, bat out, beam,
     beam of light, birthmark, blaze, blemish, block, bloodstain, blot,
     blotch, blur, botch, brand, bring to terms, bungle,
     bury the hatchet, caste mark, check, checkmark, chevron, chicken,
     chip, cicatrix, clearing, clos, close, cobble, come to terms,
     commission, condition, corn field, cover, croft, crumb,
     cultivated land, cut, dab, dapple, dappledness, dappleness, darn,
     dash off, daub, discoloration, do anyhow, do by halves,
     do carelessly, do offhand, do up, doctor, dot, dottedness, eagle,
     earmark, enclave, engraving, epaulet, episode, experience, eyesore,
     fake up, field, fix, fix up, fleck, flick, flyspeck, forty,
     freckle, freckliness, fudge up, gamma ray, gash, gleam, graving,
     ground, hack, hash mark, hayfield, heal, improvise, infrared ray,
     insignia of branch, interval, invisible radiation, jot, jury-rig,
     knock off, knock out, knock together, knock up, kraal, lash up,
     leam, lentigo, lot, macula, maculation, macule, mark, marking,
     mend, mole, morceau, morsel, mottle, mottledness, nevus, nick, nip,
     notch, oak leaf, organization insignia, overhaul, overseas bar,
     pad, paddy, pale, parachute badge, parcel, parcel of land,
     patch together, patch up, pencil, period, photon, piece,
     piece of land, pip, plat, plot, plot of ground, point, pointillage,
     pointillism, polka dot, pound out, prick, puncture,
     put in commission, put in order, put in repair, put in shape, quad,
     quadrangle, radiation, radiorays, ray, ray of light, ready,
     real estate, rebuild, recap, reconcile, recondition, reconstruct,
     reinforce, reinforcement, repair, resolve, responsibility, retread,
     revamp, ribbon, ribbon of light, rice paddy, rough out, roughcast,
     roughhew, scar, scarification, score, scotch, scrap, scratch,
     scratching, section, segment, service, service stripe, set right,
     set straight, set to rights, settle, sew up, shiver,
     shoulder patch, shoulder sleeve insignia, shred, slap up, sliver,
     smear, smirch, smithereen, smouch, smudge, smut, smutch, snick,
     snip, snippet, solar rays, spatter, speck, speckle, speckliness,
     spell, splash, splatter, splinter, splotch, spot, spottedness,
     spottiness, spread eagle, square, stage, stain, star, stigma,
     stipple, stippledness, stippling, stitch, straighten out,
     strawberry mark, streak, stream, stream of light, streamer, stripe,
     submarine badge, tag, taint, tarnish, tatter, tattoo, tattoo mark,
     territory, throw off, throw together, tick, time, tinker,
     tinker up, tittle, toss off, toss out, toss together, tract,
     trifle with, ultraviolet ray, vamp, violet ray, watermark,
     wheat field, whomp up
  
  

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  patch
  
  
      1. n. A temporary addition to a piece of code, usually as a {
      quick-and-dirty remedy to an existing bug or misfeature. A patch may or
      may not work, and may or may not eventually be incorporated permanently
      into the program. Distinguished from a diff or mod by the fact that a
      patch is generated by more primitive means than the rest of the program;
      the classical examples are instructions modified by using the front panel
      switches, and changes made directly to the binary executable of a program
      originally written in an HLL. Compare one-line fix.
  
      2. vt. To insert a patch into a piece of code.
  
      3. [in the Unix world] n. A diff (sense 2).
  
      4. A set of modifications to binaries to be applied by a patching program.
      IBM operating systems often receive updates to the operating system in the
      form of absolute hexadecimal patches. If you have modified your OS, you
      have to disassemble these back to the source. The patches might later be
      corrected by other patches on top of them (patches were said to ?grow scar
      tissue?). The result was often a convoluted patch space and headaches
      galore.
  
      5. [Unix] the patch(1) program, written by Larry Wall, which automatically
      applies a patch (sense 3) to a set of source code.
  
      There is a classic story of a tiger team penetrating a secure military
      computer that illustrates the danger inherent in binary patches (or,
      indeed, any patches that you can't ? or don't ? inspect and examine before
      installing). They couldn't find any trap doors or any way to penetrate
      security of IBM's OS, so they made a site visit to an IBM office (remember,
      these were official military types who were purportedly on official
      business), swiped some IBM stationery, and created a fake patch. The patch
      was actually the trapdoor they needed. The patch was distributed at about
      the right time for an IBM patch, had official stationery and all
      accompanying documentation, and was dutifully installed. The installation
      manager very shortly thereafter learned something about proper procedures.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  patch
  
      1. A temporary addition to a piece of code, usually
     as a quick-and-dirty remedy to an existing bug or
     misfeature.  A patch may or may not work, and may or may not
     eventually be incorporated permanently into the program.
     Distinguished from a diff or mod by the fact that a patch
     is generated by more primitive means than the rest of the
     program; the classical examples are instructions modified by
     using the front panel switches, and changes made directly to
     the binary executable of a program originally written in an
     HLL.  Compare one-line fix.
  
     2. To insert a patch into a piece of code.
  
     3. [in the Unix world] A diff.
  
     4. A set of modifications to binaries to be applied by a
     patching program.  IBM systems often receive updates to the
     operating system in the form of absolute hexadecimal
     patches.  If you have modified your OS, you have to
     disassemble these back to the source code.  The patches
     might later be corrected by other patches on top of them
     (patches were said to "grow scar tissue").  The result was
     often a convoluted patch space and headaches galore.
  
     There is a classic story of a tiger team penetrating a
     secure military computer that illustrates the danger inherent
     in binary patches (or, indeed, any patches that you can't - or
     don't - inspect and examine before installing).  They couldn't
     find any trap doors or any way to penetrate security of
     IBM's OS, so they made a site visit to an IBM office
     (remember, these were official military types who were
     purportedly on official business), swiped some IBM stationery,
     and created a fake patch.  The patch was actually the trapdoor
     they needed.  The patch was distributed at about the right
     time for an IBM patch, had official stationery and all
     accompanying documentation, and was dutifully installed.  The
     installation manager very shortly thereafter learned something
     about proper procedures.
  
     5. Larry Wall's "patch" utility program, which
     automatically applies a patch to a set of source code or
     other text files.  Patch accepts input in any of the four
     forms output by the Unix diff utility.  When the files
     being patched are not identical to those on which the diffs
     were based, patch uses heuristics to determine how to
     proceed.
  
     Diff and patch are the standard way of producing and applying
     updates under Unix.  Both have been ported to other
     operating systems.
  
     http://gnu.org/software/patch/patch.html)">Patch Home (http://gnu.org/software/patch/patch.html).
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (2005-05-16)
  

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