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- n. A dispatch-boat; a small vessel used to communicate between the vessels of a fleet.
- n. A horse-drawn carriage with two wheels used in France.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A tender to a fleet, formerly used for conveying men, orders, or treasure.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A tender or small vessel employed to convey men or orders from one ship or place to another.
From Spanish patache, of uncertain origin. The carriage sense is after French. (Wiktionary)