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  • n. A patch which alters the behaviour of a program by forcefully overriding aspects of the original code at runtime.
  • v. To alter the behaviour of a program by forcefully overriding aspects of the original code at runtime.

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  • I first heard this term when learning the Ruby programming language. From Wikipedia: "A monkey patch (also spelled monkey-patch, MonkeyPatch) is a way to extend or modify runtime code without altering the original source code for dynamic languages (e.g. Smalltalk, Javascript, Ruby, Perl, and Python)."

    I think it can also refer to a garden in which monkeys are grown.

    March 3, 2008