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Patch may refer to:




Fictional entities[edit]



  • Patch (computing), a piece of software designed to fix or improve a computer program or its supporting data
  • patch (Unix), a UNIX utility that updates text files according to instructions contained in a separate file, called "patch file"
  • Patch, a 3-D Bézier curve used in computer graphics, or a primitive in some 3-D software packages


  • Autopatch or phone patch, used in amateur radio to access an outgoing connection
  • Patch antenna, rectangular Microstrip Antenna is a radio antenna constructed from a single metal patch suspended over a ground plane
  • Patch cable, an electrical or optical cable used to connect devices for signal routing


Enterprises and organizations[edit]

  • Patch Media Corporation, an operator of online news service
  • PATCH (Pembrokeshire Action To Combat Hardship), a Pembrokeshire-based charity

Geography and landscape[edit]

  • Coal patch, a town created for a coal mine and owned by the company
  • Patch and mosaic, a relatively homogeneous area that differs from its surroundings in Landscape ecology
  • Patch, a small garden where fruit or vegetables are grown (e.g., garden patch or pumpkin patch)



  • Patch butterflies, certain brush-footed butterflies in the genus Chlosyne



Other uses[edit]

  • Contact patch, the portion of a vehicle's tire that is in actual contact with the road surface
  • Patch, the practice of compulsory figures in figure skating, as each skater is assigned their own "patch" of ice
  • Oil patch, an informal term for the petroleum industry

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