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Patch may refer to:


  • 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


  • Patch antenna, rectangular Microstrip Antenna is a radio antenna constructed from a single metal patch suspended over a ground plane
  • Autopatch or phone patch, used in amateur radio to access an outgoing connection
  • Patch (synthesizer), sound setting for musical synthesizers
  • Patch cable, electrical or optical cable used to connect devices for signal routing
  • Swede Patch 2000, guitar/synthesizer hybrid made by Hagström

Geography and landscape[edit]

  • Coal patch, a town created for a coal mine and owned by the company
  • Patch, California, community in Kern County
  • Patch, St. Louis, a neighborhood in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Patch, Gwbert, South Ceredigion, Wales
  • Patch and mosaic, a relatively homogeneous area that differs from its surroundings in Landscape ecology
  • A small garden where fruit or vegetables are grown (e.g., pumpkin patch)



Science and medicine[edit]

  • Contact patch, the portion of a vehicle's tire that is in actual contact with the road surface
  • Dermal patch, adhesive patch to administer medication to the skin
  • Patch butterflies, certain brush-footed butterflies in the genus Chlosyne
  • Patch (dermatology), large discolored section of skin
  • Transdermal patch, adhesive patch to administer medication into the bloodstream via the skin


Other uses[edit]

  • PATCH (Pembrokeshire Action To Combat Hardship), a Pembrokeshire based charity
  • Patch Media Corporation, operator of online news service
  • Patch, the practice of compulsory figures in figure skating, as each skater is assigned their own "patch" of ice