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Hack vs. Patch

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Hackverb

(transitive) To chop or cut down in a rough manner.

‘They hacked the brush down and made their way through the jungle.’;

Patchnoun

A piece of cloth, or other suitable material, sewed or otherwise fixed upon a garment to repair or strengthen it, especially upon an old garment to cover a hole.

‘His sleeves had patches on the elbows where different fabric had been sewn on to replace material that had worn away.’;

Hackverb

(intransitive) To cough noisily.

‘This cold is awful. I can't stop hacking.’;

Patchnoun

A small piece of anything used to repair damage or a breach; as, a patch on a kettle, a roof, etc.

‘I can't afford to replace the roof, which is what it really needs. I'll have the roofer apply a patch.’;

Hackverb

To withstand or put up with a difficult situation.

‘Can you hack it out here with no electricity or running water?’;

Patchnoun

A piece of any size, used to repair something for a temporary period only, or that it is temporary because it is not meant to last long or will be removed as soon as a proper repair can be made, which will happen in the near future.

‘Before you can fix a dam, you have to apply a patch to the hole so that everything can dry off.’; ‘"This patch should hold until you reach the city," the mechanic said as he patted the car's hood.’;

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Hackverb

(computing) To make a quick code change to patch a computer program, often one that, while being effective, is inelegant or makes the program harder to maintain.

‘I hacked in a fix for this bug, but we'll still have to do a real fix later.’;

Patchnoun

A small, usually contrasting but always somehow different or distinct, part of something else (location, time, size)

‘The world economy had a rough patch in the 1930s.’; ‘To me, a normal cow is white with black patches, but Sarah's from Texas and most of the cows there have solid brown, black, or red coats.’; ‘Doesn't that patch of clouds looks like a bunny?’; ‘When ice skating, be sure to stay away from reeds: there are always thin patches of ice there, and you could fall through.’;

Hackverb

(computing) To accomplish a difficult programming task.

‘He can hack like no one else and make the program work as expected.’;

Patchnoun

A small area, a small plot of land or piece of ground.

‘Scattered patches of trees or growing corn.’;

Hackverb

To work with something on an intimately technical level.

‘I'm currently hacking distributed garbage collection.’;

Patchnoun

A local region of professional responsibility.

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Hackverb

To apply a trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method to something to increase productivity, efficiency or ease.

‘I read up on dating tips so I can hack my sex life.’;

Patchnoun

(historical) A small piece of black silk stuck on the face or neck to heighten beauty by contrast, worn by ladies in the 17th and 18th centuries; an imitation beauty mark.

Hackverb

To hack into; to gain unauthorized access to (a computer system, e.g., a website, or network) by manipulating code; to crack.

Patchnoun

(medicine) A piece of material used to cover a wound.

Hackverb

By extension, to gain unauthorised access to a computer or online account belonging to (a person or organisation).

‘When I logged into the social network, I discovered I'd been hacked.’;

Patchnoun

(medicine) An adhesive piece of material, impregnated with a drug, which is worn on the skin, the drug being slowly absorbed over a period of time.

‘Many people use a nicotine patch to wean themselves off of nicotine.’;

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Hackverb

(ice hockey) To strike an opponent's leg with one's hockey stick.

‘He's going to the penalty box after hacking the defender in front of the goal.’;

Patchnoun

(medicine) A cover worn over a damaged eye, an eyepatch.

‘He had scratched his cornea so badly that his doctor told him to wear a patch.’;

Hackverb

(ice hockey) To make a flailing attempt to hit the puck with a hockey stick.

‘There's a scramble in front of the net as the forwards are hacking at the bouncing puck.’;

Patchnoun

A block on the muzzle of a gun, to do away with the effect of dispart, in sighting.

Hackverb

(baseball) To swing at a pitched ball.

‘He went to the batter's box hacking.’;

Patchnoun

(computing) A patch file, a file that describes changes to be made to a computer file or files, usually changes made to a computer program that fix a programming bug.

Hackverb

(soccer and rugby) To kick (a player) on the shins.

Patchnoun

(firearms) A small piece of material that is manually passed through a gun barrel to clean it.

Hackverb

To strike in a frantic movement.

Patchnoun

(firearms) A piece of greased cloth or leather used as wrapping for a rifle ball, to make it fit the bore.

Hackverb

(transitive) To strike lightly as part of tapotement massage.

Patchnoun

A cable connecting two pieces of electrical equipment.

Hackverb

To lay (bricks) on a rack to dry.

Patchnoun

A sound setting for a musical synthesizer (originally selected by means of a patch cable).

Hackverb

(falconry) To keep (young hawks) in a state of partial freedom, before they are trained.

Patchnoun

An overlay used to obtain a stronger impression.

Hackverb

(dated) To make common or cliched; to vulgarise.

Patchnoun

(archaic) A paltry fellow; a rogue; a ninny; a fool.

Hackverb

To ride a horse at a regular pace; to ride on a road (as opposed to riding cross-country etc.).

Patchverb

To mend by sewing on a piece or pieces of cloth, leather, or the like

‘My coat needs patching.’;

Hackverb

(obsolete) To be exposed or offered or to common use for hire; to turn prostitute.

Patchverb

To mend with pieces; to repair by fastening pieces on.

Hackverb

(obsolete) To live the life of a drudge or hack.

Patchverb

To make out of pieces or patches, like a quilt.

Hackverb

To use as a hack; to let out for hire.

Patchverb

To join or unite the pieces of; to patch the skirt.

Hackverb

To use frequently and indiscriminately, so as to render trite and commonplace.

Patchverb

To employ a temporary, removable electronic connection, as one between two components in a communications system.

Hackverb

To play hackeysack.

Patchverb

(generally with the particle "up") To repair or arrange in a hasty or clumsy manner

‘The truce between the two countries has been patched up.’;

Hacknoun

A tool for chopping.

Patchverb

(computing) To make the changes a patch describes; to apply a patch to the files in question. Hence:

Hacknoun

A hacking blow.

Patchverb

To fix or improve a computer program without a complete upgrade.

Hacknoun

A gouge or notch made by such a blow.

Patchverb

To make a quick and possibly temporary change to a program.

Hacknoun

A dry cough.

Patchverb

To connect two pieces of electrical equipment using a cable.

‘I'll need to patch the preamp output to the mixer.’;

Hacknoun

A hacking; a catch in speaking; a short, broken cough.

Patchnoun

A piece of cloth, or other suitable material, sewed or otherwise fixed upon a garment to repair or strengthen it, esp. upon an old garment to cover a hole.

‘Patches set upon a little breach.’;

Hacknoun

(figuratively) A try, an attempt.

Patchnoun

A small piece of anything used to repair a breach; as, a patch on a kettle, a roof, etc.

Hacknoun

(curling) The foothold traditionally cut into the ice from which the person who throws the rock pushes off for delivery.

Patchnoun

A small piece of black silk stuck on the face, or neck, to hide a defect, or to heighten beauty.

‘Your black patches you wear variously.’;

Hacknoun

(obsolete) A mattock or a miner's pickaxe.

Patchnoun

A piece of greased cloth or leather used as wrapping for a rifle ball, to make it fit the bore.

Hacknoun

(computing) An expedient, temporary solution, such as a small patch or change to code, meant to be replaced with a more elegant solution at a later date.

Patchnoun

Fig.: Anything regarded as a patch; a small piece of ground; a tract; a plot; as, scattered patches of trees or growing corn.

‘Employed about this patch of ground.’;

Hacknoun

(computing) An interesting technical achievement, particularly in computer programming.

Patchnoun

A block on the muzzle of a gun, to do away with the effect of dispart, in sighting.

Hacknoun

(colloquial) A trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method to increase productivity, efficiency or ease.

‘Putting your phone in a sandwich bag when you go to the beach is such a great hack.’;

Patchnoun

A paltry fellow; a rogue; a ninny; a fool.

Hacknoun

An illegal attempt to gain access to a computer network.

Patchverb

To mend by sewing on a piece or pieces of cloth, leather, or the like; as, to patch a coat.

Hacknoun

A video game or any computer software that has been altered from its original state.

Patchverb

To mend with pieces; to repair with pieces festened on; to repair clumsily; as, to patch the roof of a house.

Hacknoun

Time check.

Patchverb

To adorn, as the face, with a patch or patches.

‘Ladies who patched both sides of their faces.’;

Hacknoun

(baseball) A swing of the bat at a pitched ball by the batter.

‘He took a few hacks, but the pitcher finally struck him out.’;

Patchverb

To make of pieces or patches; to repair as with patches; to arrange in a hasty or clumsy manner; - generally with up; as, to patch up a truce.

Hacknoun

A kick on the shins in football.

Patchnoun

a small contrasting part of something;

‘a bald spot’; ‘a leopard's spots’; ‘a patch of clouds’; ‘patches of thin ice’; ‘a fleck of red’;

Hacknoun

confinement of an officer to their stateroom as a punishment

Patchnoun

a small area of ground covered by specific vegetation;

‘a bean plot’; ‘a cabbage patch’; ‘a briar patch’;

Hacknoun

(falconry) A board which the falcon's food is placed on; used by extension for the state of partial freedom in which they are kept before being trained.

Patchnoun

a piece of cloth used as decoration or to mend or cover a hole

Hacknoun

A food-rack for cattle.

Patchnoun

a period of indeterminate length (usually short) marked by some action or condition;

‘he was here for a little while’; ‘I need to rest for a piece’; ‘a spell of good weather’; ‘a patch of bad weather’;

Hacknoun

A rack used to dry something, such as bricks, fish, or cheese.

Patchnoun

a short set of commands to correct a bug in a computer program

Hacknoun

A grating in a mill race.

Patchnoun

a connection intended to be used for a limited time

Hacknoun

A horse for hire, especially one which is old and tired.

Patchnoun

sewing or darning that repairs a worn or torn hole (especially in a garment);

‘her stockings had several mends’;

Hacknoun

A person, often a journalist, hired to do routine work.

‘I got by on hack work for years before I finally published my novel.’;

Patchnoun

a protective cloth covering for an injured eye

Hacknoun

(pejorative) Someone who is available for hire; hireling, mercenary.

Patchnoun

a piece of soft material that covers and protects an injured part of the body

Hacknoun

(slang) A taxicab (hackney cab) driver.

Patchverb

to join or unite the pieces of;

‘patch the skirt’;

Hacknoun

A vehicle let for hire; originally, a hackney coach, now typically a taxicab.

Patchverb

provide with a patch; also used metaphorically;

‘The field was patched with snow’;

Hacknoun

A hearse.

Patchverb

mend by putting a patch on;

‘patch a hole’;

Hacknoun

An untalented writer.

‘Dason is nothing but a two-bit hack.’; ‘He's nothing but the typical hack writer.’;

Patchverb

repair by adding pieces;

‘She pieced the china cup’;

Hacknoun

(pejorative) One who is professionally successful despite producing mediocre work. (Usually applied to persons in a creative field.)

Hacknoun

(pejorative) A talented writer-for-hire, paid to put others' thoughts into felicitous language.

Hacknoun

(politics) A political agitator. (slightly derogatory)

Hacknoun

(obsolete) A writer who hires himself out for any sort of literary work; an overworked man; a drudge.

Hacknoun

(obsolete) A procuress.

Hacknoun

A small ball usually made of woven cotton or suede and filled with rice, sand or some other filler, for use in hackeysack.

Hacknoun

A frame or grating of various kinds; as, a frame for drying bricks, fish, or cheese; a rack for feeding cattle; a grating in a mill race, etc.

Hacknoun

Unburned brick or tile, stacked up for drying.

Hacknoun

A notch; a cut.

Hacknoun

An implement for cutting a notch; a large pick used in breaking stone.

Hacknoun

A hacking; a catch in speaking; a short, broken cough.

Hacknoun

A kick on the shins, or a cut from a kick.

Hacknoun

A clever computer program or routine within a program to accomplish an objective in a non-obvious fashion.

Hacknoun

A quick and inelegant, though functional solution to a programming problem.

Hacknoun

A taxicab.

Hacknoun

A horse, hackneyed or let out for common hire; also, a horse used in all kinds of work, or a saddle horse, as distinguished from hunting and carriage horses.

Hacknoun

A coach or carriage let for hire; a hackney coach; formerly, a coach with two seats inside facing each other; now, usually a taxicab.

‘On horse, on foot, in hacks and gilded chariots.’;

Hacknoun

The driver of a hack; a taxi driver; a hackman.

Hacknoun

A bookmaker who hires himself out for any sort of literary work; an overworked man; a drudge.

‘Here lies poor Ned Purdon, from misery freed,Who long was a bookseller's hack.’;

Hacknoun

A procuress.

Hackverb

To cut irregulary, without skill or definite purpose; to notch; to mangle by repeated strokes of a cutting instrument; as, to hack a post.

‘My sword hacked like a handsaw.’;

Hackverb

Fig.: To mangle in speaking.

Hackverb

To program (a computer) for pleasure or compulsively; especially, to try to defeat the security systems and gain unauthorized access to a computer.

Hackverb

To bear, physically or emotionally; as, he left the job because he couldn't hack the pressure.

Hackverb

To kick the shins of (an opposing payer).

Hackverb

To cough faintly and frequently, or in a short, broken manner; as, a hacking cough.

Hackverb

To ride or drive as one does with a hack horse; to ride at an ordinary pace, or over the roads, as distinguished from riding across country or in military fashion.

Hackverb

To use as a hack; to let out for hire.

Hackverb

To use frequently and indiscriminately, so as to render trite and commonplace.

‘The word "remarkable" has been so hacked of late.’;

Hackverb

To be exposed or offered to common use for hire; to turn prostitute.

Hackverb

To live the life of a drudge or hack.

Hackadjective

Hackneyed; hired; mercenary.

Hacknoun

one who works hard at boring tasks

Hacknoun

a politician who belongs to a small clique that controls a political party for private rather than public ends

Hacknoun

a mediocre and disdained writer

Hacknoun

a tool (as a hoe or pick or mattock) used for hacking the soil

Hacknoun

a car driven by a person whose job is to take passengers where they want to go in exchange for money

Hacknoun

an old or over-worked horse

Hacknoun

a horse kept for hire

Hacknoun

a saddle horse used for transportation rather than sport etc.

Hackverb

cut with a hacking tool

Hackverb

informal: be able to manage or manage successfully;

‘I can't hack it anymore’; ‘she could not cut the long days in the office’;

Hackverb

cut away;

‘he hacked with way through the forest’;

Hackverb

kick on the arms

Hackverb

kick on the shins

Hackverb

fix a computer program piecemeal until it works;

‘I'm not very good at hacking but I'll give it my best’;

Hackverb

significantly cut up a manuscript

Hackverb

cough spasmodically;

‘The patient with emphysema is hacking all day’;

Hackverb

cut with rough or heavy blows

‘men hack at the coalface’; ‘I watched them hack the branches’;

Hackverb

kick wildly or roughly

‘he had to race from his line to hack the ball into the stand’;

Hackverb

gain unauthorized access to data in a system or computer

‘they hacked into the bank's computer’; ‘someone hacked his computer from another location’;

Hackverb

program quickly and roughly.

Hackverb

cough persistently

‘I was waking up in the middle of the night and coughing and hacking for hours’;

Hackverb

manage; cope

‘lots of people leave because they can't hack it’;

Hackverb

ride a horse for pleasure or exercise

‘some gentle hacking in a scenic setting’;

Hacknoun

a rough cut, blow, or stroke

‘he was sure one of us was going to take a hack at him’;

Hacknoun

(in sport) a kick or a stroke with a stick inflicted on another player.

Hacknoun

a notch cut in the ice, or a peg inserted, to steady the foot when delivering a stone in curling.

Hacknoun

a tool for rough striking or cutting, e.g. a mattock or a miner's pick.

Hacknoun

a gash or wound.

Hacknoun

an act of computer hacking

‘the challenge of the hack itself’;

Hacknoun

a piece of computer code providing a quick or inelegant solution to a particular problem

‘this hack doesn't work on machines that have a firewall’;

Hacknoun

a strategy or technique for managing one's time or activities more efficiently

‘another hack that will save time is to cover your side mirrors with a plastic bag when freezing rain is forecast’;

Hacknoun

a writer or journalist producing dull, unoriginal work

‘Sunday newspaper hacks earn their livings on such gullibilities’;

Hacknoun

a person who does dull routine work.

Hacknoun

a horse for ordinary riding.

Hacknoun

a good-quality lightweight riding horse, especially one used in the show ring.

Hacknoun

a ride on a horse.

Hacknoun

a horse let out for hire.

Hacknoun

an inferior or worn-out horse.

Hacknoun

a taxi.

Hacknoun

a board on which a hawk's meat is laid.

Hacknoun

a wooden frame for drying bricks, cheeses, etc.

Hacknoun

a pile of bricks stacked up to dry before firing.

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