Meaning of patchwork

patch•work

Pronunciation: (pach'wûrk"), [key]
— n.
  1. something made up of an incongruous variety of pieces or parts; hodgepodge: a patchwork of verse forms.
  2. work made of pieces of cloth or leather of various colors or shapes sewed together, used esp. for covering quilts, cushions, etc.
—adj.
  1. resembling a patchwork, esp. in being makeshift, irregular, or improvised: a patchwork policy of dispensing foreign aid.
—v.t.
  1. to make as patchwork: She specializes in patchworking skirts.
  2. to assemble or connect in making patchwork: to patchwork neckties into bedspreads.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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