pat
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /pæt/, [pʰæt], [pʰæt̚], [pʰæˀt̚], enPR: pǎt
Noun

pat (plural pats)

  1. The sound of a light slap or tap with a soft flat object, especially of a footstep
  2. A light tap or slap, especially with the hands
  3. A flattish lump of soft matter, especially butter or dung.
    • It looked like a tessellated work of pats of butter.
Translations
  • Portuguese: batidinha, estalo
  • Russian: похло́пывание
Translations Translations Verb

pat (pats, present participle patting; past and past participle patted)

  1. To (gently) tap the flat of one's hand on a person or thing.
    To show affection, he decided he would pat the boy on the head.
    • 1877, Anna Sewell, Black Beauty Chapter 22
      He came round to each of us to pat and speak to us for the last time; his voice sounded very sad.
  2. To hit lightly and repeatedly with the flat of the hand to make smooth or flat
    I patted the cookie dough into shape.
    • 1900, L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Chapter 23
      Before they went to see Glinda, however, they were taken to a room of the Castle, where Dorothy washed her face and combed her hair, and the Lion shook the dust out of his mane, and the Scarecrow patted himself into his best shape, and the Woodman polished his tin and oiled his joints.
  3. (UK, Australia, New Zealand) To stroke or fondle (an animal).
    Do you want to pat the cat?
  4. To gently rain.
Translations Adjective

pat

  1. Timely, suitable, apt, opportune, ready for the occasion; especially of things spoken.
    a pat expression
    • 1788, Cowper, Pity for Africans, p 18
      A story so pat, you may think it is coined.
  2. Trite, being superficially complete, lacking originality.
    • 2010, New York Times, Editorial: Jobs and the Class of 2010 ↗, May 23.
      The pat answer is that college students should consider graduate school as a way to delay a job search until things turn around, and that more high school students should go to college to improve their prospects.
Adverb

pat

  1. Opportunely, in a timely or suitable way.
    • c. 1600, William Shakespeare, Hamlet III.iii
      Now might I do it pat
  2. Perfectly.
    He has the routine down pat.
Noun

pat (plural pats)

  1. Patent.
  2. (knitting) Pattern.
    • 2012, Kari Cornell, Knitting Sweaters from around the World (page 52)
      Work in pat to next underarm marker, sm, place next st on holder […]

Pat
Pronunciation Proper noun
  1. A female given name.
  2. A male given name.

PAT
Proper noun
  1. (Quebec) Pointe-aux-Trembles — a municipality in the province of Quebec, Canada
Noun

pat (plural pats)

  1. (American football) point after touchdown (extra point)
  2. (Alberta, education) Provincial Achievement Test.
  3. (UK, electrical engineering) Portable Appliance Test.
Translations


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