A small piece of material affixed to another, larger piece to conceal, reinforce, or repair a worn area, hole, or tear. A small piece of cloth used for patchwork. A small cloth badge affixed to a garment as a decoration or an insignia, as of a military unit. A dressing or covering applied to protect a wound or sore. A pad or shield of cloth worn over an eye socket or an injured eye. A transdermal patch. See beauty spot. A small piece, part, or section, especially that which differs from or contrasts with the whole: a patch of thin ice; patches of sunlight. A small plot or piece of land, especially one that produces or is used for growing specific vegetation: a briar patch; a bean patch. An indefinite period of time; a spell: weathered a difficult patch after losing his job. A temporary, removable electronic connection, as one between two components in a communications system. Computer Science A piece of code added to software in order to fix a bug, especially as a temporary correction between two releases. To put a patch or patches on. To make by sewing scraps of material together: patch a quilt. To mend, repair, or put together, especially hastily, clumsily, or poorly: They patched together the broken statues with glue and plaster. The delegates will be forced to patch up their differences. To connect temporarily (electronic components), as with a patch cord. Computer Science To correct a bug in (an item of software), especially as a temporary correction between releases. Electronics To be connected temporarily. A fool or clown; a dolt.