patchwork

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

patch +‎ work

Noun[edit]

patchwork (countable and uncountable, plural patchworks)

  1. A work, such as a blanket, composed of many different colors and shapes, sewn together to make an interesting whole.
  2. Any kind of creation that utilizes many different aspects to create one, whole piece.
    • Bill took all of his poetry and put it together in a folder. It made up a patchwork of his life.
  3. (derogatory) a state of regulations the constituents of which have an opaque scope of application because of their questionable delimitation to each other
    • 2011, Bryce Clayton Newell, “Rethinking Reasonable Expectations of Privacy in Online Social Networks”, in Richmond Journal of Law and Technology, volume 17, number 4, page 5:
      Present United States privacy law – despite being made up of a patchwork federal and state constitutional, statutory, and common law – is predominantly based on the ideals of individual control, autonomy, and liberty from governmental intrusion, despite the fact that its inspiration was an idea grounded on the importance of protecting human dignity and an “inviolate personality.”

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Verb[edit]

patchwork (third-person singular simple present patchworks, present participle patchworking, simple past and past participle patchworked)

  1. To create a patchwork from pieces of fabric.
  2. To assemble from a variety of sources; to cobble together.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English patchwork.

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Noun[edit]

patchwork m (plural patchworks)

  1. patchwork

Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English patchwork.

Noun[edit]

patchwork m (invariable)

  1. patchwork (all senses)

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English patchwork.

Noun[edit]

patchwork m (plural patchworks)

  1. patchwork