from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Needlework consisting of varicolored patches of material sewn together, as in a quilt.
  • noun Something made of miscellaneous or incongruous parts or elements.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Work composed of pieces of various colors or figures sewed together, especially a combination of many small pieces of stuff, sewed together edge to edge, to form a curtain, bedspread, or the like.
  • noun Work composed of pieces clumsily put together; anything formed of ill-assorted parts.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Work composed of pieces sewed together, esp. pieces of various colors and figures; hence, anything put together of incongruous or ill-adapted parts; something irregularly or clumsily composed; a thing patched up.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A work, such as a blanket, composed of many different colors and shapes, sewn together to make an interesting whole.
  • noun Any kind of creation that utilizes many different aspects to create one, whole piece.
  • verb To create a patchwork from pieces of fabric
  • verb To assemble from a variety of sources; to cobble together

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a theory or argument made up of miscellaneous or incongruous ideas
  • noun sewing consisting of pieces of different materials sewn together in a pattern
  • noun a quilt made by sewing patches of different materials together


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  • I began musing on the state of my affairs, which were sufficiently out at elbows to require all my skill in patch-work, but the time for reflection as well as for repentance were cut short.

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 10 ch. 12

    October 10, 2008

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