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pat. abbreviation of "patent" or "patented."
pataca the chief monetary unit of Macao, equaling one hundred avos.
patch a small piece of material, esp. fabric, applied to a larger piece of the same or similar material to cover a hole or tear, or to strengthen a weakened place. [10 definitions]
patchouli a mint plant native to India, having leaves that give off a fragrant brown oil. [2 definitions]
patch pocket a pocket made by sewing a piece of shaped material to the outside of a piece of clothing.
patch test a test for allergic reaction in which the suspected allergen is applied to the skin on a small piece of cloth and the skin is observed for inflammatory reaction.
patch up to fix (a broken or troubled relationship).
patchwork a type of needlework in which pieces of cloth or leather are sewn together, often in a pattern, as for quilts. [2 definitions]
patchy made up of, occurring in, or marked by patches. [2 definitions]
pâté a paste or spread made of liver, meat, or the like.
pate the head, or the top of the head.
pâté de foie gras a paste made from the livers of geese, often eaten spread on crackers or the like.
patella the flat roundish bone at the front of the knee joint; kneecap.
patellar reflex the reflective kicking response of the lower leg when the tendon below the patella is tapped sharply.
paten a metal plate, esp. for holding the bread in Christian communion services.
patency the state of being plain, obvious, or patent. [2 definitions]
patent a government grant to an inventor, giving for a specified period the exclusive right to make, use, or sell an invented device, process, or the like. [7 definitions]
patentable combined form of patent.
patent ambiguity in law, the uncertainty that exists when the language used in a document can have more than one meaning.
patented having a patent, a legal protection that allows an inventor the sole rights to make, use, or sell what he or she has invented for a particular period of time.
patentee a person or other entity that has been granted a patent.