from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Needlework consisting of varicolored patches of material sewn together, as in a quilt.
- n. A collection of miscellaneous or incongruous parts; a jumble.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A work, such as a blanket, composed of many different colors and shapes, sewn together to make an interesting whole.
- n. Any kind of creation that utilizes many different aspects to create one, whole piece.
- v. To create a patchwork from pieces of fabric
- v. To assemble from a variety of sources; to cobble together
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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 The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
- n. Work composed of pieces clumsily put together; anything formed of ill-assorted parts.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a theory or argument made up of miscellaneous or incongruous ideas
- n. sewing consisting of pieces of different materials sewn together in a pattern
- n. a quilt made by sewing patches of different materials together
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To describe existing federal policies and regulatory approaches on obesity as a patchwork is an insult to quilts everywhere.
In a direct swipe at his brother, Ed, who used a Guardian article on Monday to lambast Nick Clegg for selling out Liberal principles, the shadow foreign secretary will criticise what he calls a patchwork approach to building electoral support.
Barack Obama wants the Federal Reserve to have more authority over regulating financial insitutions, reducing what he calls the patchwork of regulatory authorities that contributed to this crisis.
He called the patchwork of transportation modes he used this week—driving, taking the PATH train and riding on NJ Transit—a lesson in "creative commuting."
The uneven contrasting patchwork is a little surprising.
Etsy seller Takeahalliday's "Human Anatomy Science Patchwork T-Shirt" uses "different colored and textured fabric used in patchwork to represent the different human organs and rib cage."
Seeing that patchwork is "in" this season, I thought I'd try my hand at making a patchwork purse, since I can't decide on a color.
Making patchwork is likewise a quiet amusement; and if a child is taught to fit it herself, it may be made really useful.
Some kind of patchwork, which is almost completely ineffective, goes on.
Having largely avoided the global financial crisis, Australia is being torn between a red hot mining boom and a surging currency that is hammering the manufacturing, retail and tourism industries, creating what the government describes as a "patchwork" economy.