|Origin:||Perhaps from Old French pieche 'piece'|
a small area of something that is different from the area around it
part of an area
We finally found a patch of grass to sit down on.
Belinda watched a patch of sunlight move slowly across the wall.
Look out for icy patches on the road.
a cat with a white patch on its chest
He combs his hair over his bald patch.
a small piece of material that is sewn on something to cover a hole in it:
over a holeDCC
a jacket with leather patches at the elbows
a small area of ground for growing fruit or vegetables:
for growing somethingDLG
a strawberry patch
a small computer program that is added to software to solve problems
a piece of material that you wear over your eye to protect it when it has been hurt:
He had a black patch over one eye.
a small piece of cloth with words or pictures on it that you can sew onto clothes [= badge British English]
decorationDCC American English
a period of time when you are having a lot of difficulty:
Gemma's going through a bad patch right now.
8 British English informal
an area that someone knows very well because they work or live there [= turf]:
Policemen know what's going on in their home patch.
9 British English informal
to be much less attractive, good etc than something or someone else:
The second film isn't a patch on the first.