Dictionary: PAS'TRY – PATCH'ING

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PAS'TRY, n. [from paste.]

  1. Things in general which are made of paste, or of which paste constitutes; a principal ingredient, as pies, tarts, cake and the like.
  2. The place where pastry is made. – Shak.


One whose occupation is to make and sell articles made of paste. – Arbuthnot.

PAS'TUR-A-BLE, a. [from pasture.]

Fit for pasture.

PAS'TUR-AGE, n. [Fr. pâturage. See Pasture.]

  1. The business of feeding or grazing cattle. – Spenser.
  2. Grazing ground; land appropriated to grazing. Addison.
  3. Grass for feed. – Arbuthnot.

PAS'TURE, n. [Fr. pâture, for pasture, from L. pasco, pastum, to feed, Gr. βοσκω.]

  1. Grass for the food of cattle; the food of cattle taken by grazing. – Brown.
  2. Ground covered with grass appropriated for the food of cattle. The farmer has a hundred acres of pasture. It is sometimes called pasture-land.
  3. Human culture; education. [Not used.] Dryden. Common of pasture, is the right of feeding cattle on another's ground.

PAS'TURE, v.i.

To graze; to take food by eating grass! from the ground. – Milton.

PAS'TURE, v.t.

To feed on grass or to supply grass for food. We apply the word to persons, as the farmer pastures fifty oxen; or to ground, as the land will pasture fifty oxen.


Fed on grass.


Destitute of pasture.


Supplying with grass for food.

PAS'TY, a.

Like paste; of the consistence of paste. – Cooper.

PAS'TY, n. [from paste.]

A pie made of paste and baked without a dish. – Pope. King.

PAT, a. [G. pass; D. pas. See Fit and Pass.]

Fit; convenient; exactly suitable either as to time or place. [Not an elegant word, admissible in burlesque.] – Atterbury. Swift.

PAT, adv.

Fitly; conveniently. – Shak.

PAT, n. [W. fat, a blow; fatiaw, to strike lightly, to pat. Qu. Fr. patte.]

A light quick blow or stroke with the fingers or hand.

PAT, v.t.

To strike gently with the fingers or hand; to tap. Gay pats my shoulder and you vanish quite. – Pope.

PA-TA'CA, or PAT-A-COON', n. [from the Sp.]

A Spanish coin of the value of 4s. 8d. sterling, or about $1.04 cents. – Sp. Dict.

PA-TACHE', n. [Sp.]

A tender or small vessel employed in conveying men or orders from one ship or place to another. Sp. Dict.


The use of local words, or the peculiar style or diction of Livy, the Roman historian; so denominated from Patavium or Padua, the place of his nativity. – Encyc. Lempriere.

PATCH, n. [It. pezza, a piece, Fr. pièce, Arm. pez, Sp. pieza. Qu.]

  1. A piece of cloth sewed on a garment to repair it. Dryden.
  2. A small piece of any thing used to repair a breach.
  3. A small piece of silk used to cover a defect on the face, or to add a charm.
  4. A piece inserted in mosaic or variegated work. – Locke.
  5. A small piece of ground, or a small detached piece. – Shak.
  6. A paltry fellow. This use is sometimes heard in vulgar language; as, a cross-patch.

PATCH, v.t.

  1. To mend by sewing on a piece or pieces; as, to patch a coat.
  2. To adorn with a patch or with patches. In the middle boxes were several ladies who patched both sides of their faces. – Spectator.
  3. To mend with pieces; to repair clumsily. – Shak.
  4. To repair with pieces fastened on; as, to patch the roof of a house.
  5. To make up of pieces and shreds. – Ralegh.
  6. To dress in a party-colored coat. Shak.
  7. To make suddenly or hastily; to make without regard to forms; as, to patch up a piece.


Mended with a patch or patches; mended clumsily.


One that patches or botches.


Bungling work; botchery; forgery. – Shak.


Mending with a piece or pieces; botching.