Patch vs Sheet - What's the difference?

patch | sheet |

As a proper noun patch

is .

As a noun sheet is

a thin bed cloth used as a covering for a mattress or as a layer over the sleeper.

As a verb sheet is

to cover or wrap with cloth, or paper, or other similar material.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) patche, . Alternatively, perhaps a variant of (etyl) .


  • A piece of cloth, or other suitable material, sewed or otherwise fixed upon a garment to repair or strengthen it, especially upon an old garment to cover a hole.
  • His sleeves had patches on the elbows where different fabric had been sewn on to replace material that had worn away.
  • A small piece of anything used to repair damage or a breach; as, a patch on a kettle, a roof, etc.
  • I can't afford to replace the roof, which is what it really needs. I'll have the roofer apply a patch .
  • A repair intended to be used for a limited time; (differs from previous usage in that it is intended to be a temporary fix and the size of the repair is irrelevant).
    This usage can mean that the repair is temporary because it is an early but necessary step in the process of properly, completely repairing something,
  • Before you can fix a dam, you have to apply a patch to the hole so that everything can dry off.
    or that it is temporary because it is not meant to last long or will be removed as soon as a proper repair can be made, which will happen in the near future.
    "This patch should hold until you reach the city," the mechanic said as he patted the car's hood.
  • A small, usually contrasting but always somehow different or distinct, part of something else (location, time, size);
  • The world economy had a rough patch in the 1930s.
    The storms last summer washed away parts of the road so we can expect some rough patches up ahead.
    To me, a normal cow is white with black patches , but Sarah's from Texas and most of the cows there have solid brown, black, or red coats.
    Doesn't that patch of clouds looks like a bunny?
    I lost my locket in this patch of grass here.
    When ice skating, be sure to stay away from reeds, there's always thin patches of ice there and you could fall through.
    I never get first place because on track eight, right after you pass the windmill, there's a patch of oil in the road that always gets me.
  • A small piece of black silk stuck on the face or neck to heighten beauty; an imitation beauty mark.
  • * Beaumont and Fletcher
  • Your black patches you wear variously.
  • (medicine) A piece of material used to cover a wound.
  • (medicine) An adhesive piece of material, impregnated with a drug, which is worn on the skin; the drug being slowly absorbed over a period of time.
  • Many people use a nicotine patch to wean themselves off of nicotine.
  • (medicine) A cover worn over a damaged eye, an eyepatch.
  • He had scratched his cornea so badly that his doctor told him to wear a patch .
  • A block on the muzzle of a gun, to do away with the effect of dispart, in sighting.
  • (computing) A patch file, a file used for input to a patch program or that describes changes made to a computer file or files, usually changes made to a computer program that fix a programming bug.
  • A small piece of material that is manually passed through a gun barrel to clean it.
  • A piece of greased cloth or leather used as wrapping for a rifle ball, to make it fit the bore.
  • A cable connecting two pieces of electrical equipment.
  • A sound setting for a musical synthesizer (originally selected by means of a patch cable).
  • Synonyms
    * (piece of black silk) beauty spot * section, area, blotch, spot, period of time, spell, stretch * diff file
    Derived terms
    * cabbage patch * not a patch on * patch file * patch up * patchwork * patchy


  • To mend by sewing on a piece or pieces of cloth, leather, or the like; as, to patch a coat.
  • *, chapter=8
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=That concertina was a wonder in its way. The handles that was on it first was wore out long ago, and he'd made new ones of braided rope yarn. And the bellows was patched in more places than a cranberry picker's overalls.}}
  • To mend with pieces; to repair by fastening pieces on.
  • To make out of pieces or patches, like a quilt.
  • To join or unite the pieces of; to patch the skirt.
  • A temporary, removable electronic connection, as one between two components in a communications system.
  • * (rfdate) The Matrix Revolutions , Scene: Starting the Logos, 00:43:09 - 00:43:32
  • [the control panel of hovercraft'' The Logos ''has lit up after being jumped by'' The Hammer]
    Sparky: ''She lives again.''
    Crew member of The Hammer via radio: ''You want us to patch an uplink to reload the software, Sparky?''
    Sparky: ''Yeah, that'd be swell. And can you clean the windshield while you're at it?
  • To repair or arrange in a hasty or clumsy manner; – generally with up; as, to patch up a truce.
  • (computing) To make the changes a patch describes; to apply a patch to the files in question. Hence:
  • # To fix or improve a computer program without a complete upgrade.
  • # To make a quick and possibly temporary change to a program.
  • To connect two pieces of electrical equipment using a cable.
  • Synonyms
    * See also

    See also

    * diff * diff file

    Etymology 2


  • (archaic) A paltry fellow; a rogue; a ninny; a fool.
  • * 1610 , , act 3 scene 2
  • What a pied ninny's this! Thou scurvy patch !


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    (wikipedia sheet)


    (en noun)
  • A thin bed cloth used as a covering for a mattress or as a layer over the sleeper.
  • * Use the sheets in the hall closet to make the bed.
  • * Bible, Acts x. 10, 11
  • He fell into a trance, and saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners.
  • * Shakespeare
  • If I do die before thee, prithee, shroud me / In one of those same sheets .
  • A piece of paper, usually rectangular, that has been prepared for writing, artwork, drafting, wrapping, manufacture of packaging (boxes, envelopes, etc.), and for other uses. The word does not include scraps and irregular small pieces destined to be recycled, used for stuffing or cushioning or paper mache, etc.
  • * A sheet of paper measuring eight and one-half inches wide by eleven inches high is a popular item in commerce.
  • * Paper is designated “20 pound” if a stack (ream) of 500 sheets 22 inches by 17 inches weighs 20 pounds.
  • A flat metal pan, often without raised edge, used for baking.
  • * Place the rolls on the cookie sheet , edges touching, and bake for 10-11 minutes.
  • A thin, flat layer of solid material.
  • * The glazer cut several panes from a large sheet of glass.
  • * A sheet''' of that new silicon stuff is as good as a '''sheet of tinfoil to keep food from sticking in the baking pan.
  • A broad, flat expanse of a material on a surface.
  • * Mud froze on the road in a solid sheet''', then more rain froze into a '''sheet of ice on top of the mud!
  • (nautical) A line (rope) used to adjust the trim of a sail.
  • * To be "three sheets to the wind" is to say that a four-cornered sail is tethered only by one sheet and thus the sail is useless.
  • (nautical, nonstandard) A sail.
  • (Dryden)
  • (curling) The area of ice on which the game of curling is played.
  • (nonstandard) A layer of veneer.
  • (figuratively) Precipitation of such quantity and force as to resemble a thin, virtually solid wall.
  • (geology) An extensive bed of an eruptive rock intruded between, or overlying, other strata.
  • (nautical) The space in the forward or after part of a boat where there are no rowers.
  • fore sheets'''; stern '''sheets


    * (piece of paper) page * (line) rope * (expanse of material) layer, coat, coating, blanket

    Derived terms

    * balance sheet * bedsheet * bleed-sheet * broadsheet * cap sheet * clean sheet * contour sheet * dope sheet * fitted sheet * scandal sheet * scratch sheet * sheet music * stylesheet * tearsheet * three sheets to the wind * tip sheet * top sheet * under the sheets * white as a sheet * worksheet * yellow sheet


    (en verb)
  • To cover or wrap with cloth, or paper, or other similar material.
  • Remember to sheet the floor before you start painting.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Yea, like a stag, when snow the pasture sheets , / The barks of trees thou browsed'st.
  • Of rain, or other precipitation, to pour heavily.
  • We couldn't go out because the rain was sheeting down all day long.
  • (nautical) To trim a sail using a sheet.
  • References



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