From (etyl) . For loss of ''l , compare (patch) for (platch); (pate) for (plate), etc. See (l).
The sound of a light slap or tap with a soft flat object, especially of a footstep
A light tap or slap, especially with the hands
A flattish lump of soft matter, especially butter or dung.
* Charles Dickens
- It looked like a tessellated work of pats of butter.
* pat on the back (n.)
* pitter-pat: a diminutive of footfalls. "the pitter-pat of little feet running around the house."
To (gently) tap the flat of one's hand on a person or thing.
* 1877 , (Anna Sewell), (Black Beauty) Chapter 22[http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Black_Beauty/22]
- To show affection, he decided he would pat the boy on the head.
To hit lightly and repeatedly with the flat of the hand to make smooth or flat
- He came round to each of us to pat and speak to us for the last time; his voice sounded very sad.
* 1900 , L. Frank Baum , The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Chapter 23
- I patted the cookie dough into shape.
(Australia, New Zealand) To stroke or fondle (an animal).
- Before they went to see Glinda, however, they were taken to a room of the Castle, where Dorothy washed her face and combed her hair, and the Lion shook the dust out of his mane, and the Scarecrow patted himself into his best shape, and the Woodman polished his tin and oiled his joints.
To gently rain.
- Do you want to pat the cat?
* pat down
* pat on the back (v.)
timely, suitable, apt, opportune, ready for the occasion; especially of things spoken
* 1788, Cowper, Pity for Africans , p 18
- a pat expression
trite, being superficially complete, lacking originality
* 2010, New York Times ,
- A story so pat , you may think it is coined.
Editorial: Jobs and the Class of 2010, May 23.
- The pat answer is that college students should consider graduate school as a way to delay a job search until things turn around, and that more high school students should go to college to improve their prospects. ''
* pat hand
opportunely, in a timely or suitable way.
* c''. 1600 , William Shakespeare, '' III.iii
- Now might I do it pat
- He has the routine down pat .
* pat in the middle
* 2012 , Kari Cornell, Knitting Sweaters from around the World (page 52)
- Work in pat to next underarm marker, sm, place next st on holder
(biochemistry) phenylalanine hydroxylase
(organic chemistry) polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon
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