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Definition of "patches" []

  • A sudden short blaze of intense light or flame (noun)
  • A sudden occurrence or display, esp one suggestive of brilliance (noun)
  • A very brief space of time (noun)
  • An ostentatious display (noun)
  • A short news announcement concerning a new event (noun)
  • An insignia or emblem worn on a uniform, vehicle, etc, to identify its military formation (noun)
  • A patch of bright colour on a dark background, such as light marking on an animal (noun)
  • A volatile mixture of inorganic salts used to produce a glaze on bricks or tiles (noun)
  • A sudden rush of water down a river or watercourse (noun)
  • A device, such as a sluice, for producing such a rush (noun)
  • A ridge of thin metal or plastic formed on a moulded object by the extrusion of excess material between dies (noun)
  • A pond, esp one produced as a consequence of subsidence (noun)
  • Involving, using, or produced by a flash of heat, light, etc (noun)
  • Ostentatious or vulgar (adjective)
  • Of or relating to gamblers and followers of boxing and racing (adjective)
  • Sham or counterfeit (adjective)
  • Relating to or characteristic of the criminal underworld (adjective)
  • Brief and rapid (adjective)
  • To burst or cause to burst suddenly or intermittently into flame (verb)
  • To emit or reflect or cause to emit or reflect light suddenly or intermittently (verb)
  • To move very fast (verb)
  • To come rapidly (into the mind or vision) (verb)
  • To appear like a sudden light (verb)
  • To signal or communicate very fast (verb)
  • To signal by use of a light, such as car headlights (verb)
  • To display ostentatiously (verb)
  • To show suddenly and briefly (verb)
  • To expose oneself indecently (verb)
  • To cover (a roof) with flashing (verb)
  • To send a sudden rush of water down (a river, etc), or to carry (a vessel) down by this method (verb)
  • (in the making of glass) to coat (glass) with a thin layer of glass of a different colour (verb)
  • To subject to a brief pulse of heat or radiation (verb)
  • To change (a liquid) to a gas by causing it to hit a hot surface (verb)
  • To splash or dash (water) (verb)
  • Plural form of patch. (noun)

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  • Third-person singular simple present indicative form of patch. (verb)

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Use "patches" in a sentence
  • "Finding we could not weather the reef, and that _it was too late had it been in our power to give any assistance_; and still fearing that we might be embayed or entangled by the supposed chain or patches; all therefore that remained for us to do was either by dint of carrying sail to weather the reef to the southward, (meaning the Cato's Bank,) or, if failing in that, to push to leeward and endeavour to find a passage through the _patches of reef_ to the northward."
  • "Hier, the sky was bright in patches and the sun shone down across the barren field below and cast clouds across the campagne."
  • "The waggle-dance of these remarkable insects – a symbolic system of behavioral communication that conveys information on direction and relative distances to flower patches from the hive, and is perhaps the most complex form of communication known outside the world of humans – would not be discovered for another hundred years."