something made up of an incongruous variety of pieces or parts; hodgepodge:
a patchwork of verse forms.
made of pieces of cloth or leather of various colors or shapes sewed together, used especially for covering quilts, cushions, etc.
resembling a patchwork, especially in being makeshift, irregular, or improvised:
a patchwork policy of dispensing foreign aid.
verb (used with object)
to make as patchwork:
She specializes in patchworking skirts.
to assemble or connect in making patchwork:
to patchwork neckties into bedspreads.
needlework done by sewing pieces of different materials together
something, such as a theory, made up of various parts: a patchwork of cribbed ideas
“work composed of patches,” 1690s, from patch (n.1) + work (n.). As an adjective from 1713.
[pach-ee] /ˈpætʃ i/ adjective, patchier, patchiest. 1. characterized by or made up of . 2. occurring in, forming, or like . 3. of inconsistent or irregular quality, texture, etc.; not uniform: patchy acting; patchy areas of fog. /ˈpætʃɪ/ adjective patchier, patchiest 1. irregular in quality, occurrence, intensity, etc: a patchy essay 2. having or forming […]
1. patented. abbreviation 1. patented patented
[pat-doun] /ˈpætˌdaʊn/ noun 1. an act or instance of passing the hands over the body of a clothed person to detect concealed weapons, drugs, etc.; frisking.
- Pat-down search
noun phrase A search made by patting the outer clothing: During a pat-down search, a female Milwaukee police officer felt something soft in one of Guy’s pockets (1974+)