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- n. The condition of being patchy
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Unevenness in quality or performance.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The condition of being patchy; the appearance of being patched or of being made up of patches.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. unevenness in quality or performance
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(I'm the first to admit that there is a certain patchiness to the collection.
Now, that kind of patchiness could reflect horizontal heat transport as wella s vertical, but it MUST have involved oceanic transport, not simply sea-air transport.
What seems to be emerging is that heterogeneity, or "patchiness", and diversity is very much more important to nature than an ecologically correct apartheid between "exotics" and
In the late 1980s, my mentor Bob May had done studies with Michael Hassell of Imperial College, Silwood Park, on wasps that lay their eggs in or on insects which revealed there was a patchiness in the distribution of predator and prey.
It took her a few songs, on Tuesday, to get warmed up, but once the power had been massaged back into the voice and the patchiness had been largely thrown off, she seemed determined to stick around and enjoy it.
Ivory Coast's patchiness must be galling to tournament organisers who hoped to see an impressive African line-up.
The patchiness and brown color of many of the marshes are a sign that they are breaking up and dying.
Owing to the absence or patchiness of ice, spotted seals have increased access to the extreme inshore waters where smelt and saffron cod, and other food fishes, congregate in large numbers in early autumn.
The size of the experiments (2m x 2m?) may have been too small to allow for spatial heterogeneity and patchiness, which may be an important factor in real ecosystems.
This split helps explain the patchiness of the recovery that appears to be taking hold after the worst recession in a half-century.