from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A grant made by a government that confers upon the creator of an invention the sole right to make, use, and sell that invention for a set period of time.
- n. Letters patent.
- n. An invention protected by such a grant.
- n. A grant made by a government that confers on an individual fee-simple title to public lands.
- n. The official document of such a grant.
- n. The land so granted.
- n. An exclusive right or title.
- adj. Protected or conferred by a patent or letters patent: a patent right.
- adj. Of, relating to, or dealing in patents: patent law.
- adj. Obvious; plain. See Synonyms at apparent.
- adj. Biology Not blocked; open.
- adj. Biology Spreading open; expanded.
- adj. Of, relating to, or being a nonprescription drug or other medical preparation that is often protected by a trademark.
- adj. Of high quality. Used of flour.
- adj. Archaic Open to general inspection. Used especially of documents.
- transitive v. To obtain a patent on or for (an invention, for example).
- transitive v. To invent, originate, or be the proprietor of (an idea, for example).
- transitive v. To grant a patent to or for.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A declaration issued by a government agency declaring someone the inventor of a new invention and having the privilege of stopping others from making, using or selling the claimed invention; a letter patent.
- n. A specific grant of ownership of a piece of property; a land patent.
- n. Patent leather: a varnished, high-gloss leather typically used for shoes and accessories.
- v. To successfully register an invention with a government agency; to secure a letter patent.
- adj. open, unobstructed, expanded.
- adj. explicit and obvious.
- adj. that is fine, and consists mostly of the inner part of the endosperm
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Open; expanded; evident; apparent; unconcealed; manifest; public; conspicuous.
- adj. Open to public perusal; -- said of a document conferring some right or privilege. See Letters patent, under 3d Letter.
- adj. Appropriated or protected by letters patent; secured by official authority to the exclusive possession, control, and disposal of some person or party; patented
- adj. Spreading; forming a nearly right angle with the steam or branch.
- n. A letter patent, or letters patent; an official document, issued by a sovereign power, conferring a right or privilege on some person or party.
- n. A writing securing to an invention.
- n. A document making a grant and conveyance of public lands.
- n. The right or privilege conferred by such a document; hence, figuratively, a right, privilege, or license of the nature of a patent.
- transitive v. To grant by patent; to make the subject of a patent; to secure or protect by patent
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Lying open; open; expanded.
- Specifically— In botany, spreading; open; either widely spreading or diverging widely from an axis.
- In zoology, patulous; open, as by the size of an aperture, the shallowness of a cavity, etc.
- Manifest to all; unconcealed; evident; obvious; conspicuous.
- Open to the perusal of all: as, letters patent. See letter.
- Appropriated by letters patent; secured by law or patent as an exclusive privilege; restrained from general use; patented.
- Synonyms Plain, obvious, palpable, unmistakable, glaring, notorious.
- n. An official document, sometimes called letters patent (which see, under letter), conferring or granting a privilege; also, the privilege so granted: as, a patent of nobility; a patent conferring the right to engage in a particular trade or pursuit, maintain a place of amusement, or the like, usually to the exclusion of others.
- n. Specifically— A letter of indulgence; an indulgence; a pardon.
- n. The grant by a government to the author of a new and useful invention, or to his assigns, of the exclusive right of exploiting that invention for a specified term of years; also, the instrument or letters by which a grant of land is made by a government to a person or corporation.
- n. An invention; a thing invented: as, the machine is a new patent.
- n. A region or tract of land granted by letters patent; a concession.
- To grant by patent; make the subject of a patent; grant an exclusive right to by letters patent.
- To obtain a patent upon; obtain an exclusive right in by securing letters patent.
- n. A Middle English form of patent.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. grant rights to; grant a patent for
- n. an official document granting a right or privilege
- adj. clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment
- adj. (of a bodily tube or passageway) open; affording free passage
- v. make open to sight or notice
- n. a document granting an inventor sole rights to an invention
- v. obtain a patent for
Middle English, document granting a right, short for (lettre) patent, open (letter), from Old French (lettre) patente, from Latin patēns, patent-, open, present participle of patēre, to be open; see petə- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Short form of Anglo-Norman lettre patente, "open letter", from Latin littera patens. (Wiktionary)
From Latin patens ("open, lying open"), present participle of patere ("to lie open"). (Wiktionary)