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patchwork (theory)

Definition:

a theory or argument made up of miscellaneous or incongruous ideas

Class:

cognition noun (cognitive processes and contents)

Plural:

patchworks

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

hodgepodge | jumble

Etymology:

"patch" (1) + "work".
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of patchwork...

Definition references  (+images)

Collins Dictionary:

hodgepodge | hotchpotch | (Canadian) hodgepodge [United States]

a jumbled mixture | a thick soup or stew made from meat and vegetables | a jumbled mixture | a thick soup or stew made from meat and vegetables (26 of 412 words, 4 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/hodgepodge

Merriam-Webster:

hodgepodge | jumble [synonym] | agglomerate [synonym] | agglomeration [synonym] | alphabet soup [synonym] | assortment [synonym] | botch [synonym] | clutter [synonym] | collage [synonym] | ...

a heterogeneous mixture; "jumble" (4 of 151 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/hodgepodge

Wikipedia:

Hodge-podge [disambiguation] | hotchpotch

a word used to describe a confused or disorderly mass or collection of things; a "mess" or a "jumble". The forerunner term ... | Hodge-Podge, a type of mutton soup. | Hodgepodge, a Neal Morse album. | The Sacred Chao, or Hodge-Podge, of the Discordians... (42 of 149 words, 5 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Hodge-podge

Oxford Dictionary:

hodgepodge | hotchpotch [British]

Syllabification: (hodge·podge) | [singular, North American] | a confused mixture (8 of 68 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/hodgepodge

hotchpotch [singular] | hodgepodge [North American]

a confused mixture | a mutton stew with mixed vegetables. (9 of 49 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/hotchpotch

Macmillan British Dictionary:

hodgepodge [singular, United States]

a hotchpotch (2 of 28 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/hodgepodge

Cambridge Dictionary:

hotchpotch | hodgepodge [United States]

a confused mixture of different things (6 of 26 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/hotchpotch

Wiktionary:

hodgepodge | hodge-podge | farrago [synonym] | hotchpotch [synonym] | melange [synonym] | mingle-mangle [synonym] | mishmash [synonym] | oddments [synonym] | odds and ends [synonym] | ...

A collection of miscellaneous things; a jumble. (7 of 25 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/hodgepodge

American Heritage Dictionary:

hodgepodge | hotchpotch

A mixture of dissimilar ingredients; a jumble. (7 of 23 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/hodgepodge

New World Dictionary:

hodgepodge

a kind of stew | any jumbled mixture; mess; medley (9 of 16 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/hodgepodge

Random House Dictionary:

hodgepodge

a heterogeneous mixture; jumble. (4 of 9 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/hodgepodge

Britannica Encyclopedia:

patchwork [decorative arts] | piecing [synonym]

the process of joining strips, squares, triangles, hexagons, or other shaped pieces of fabric, by either hand or machine stitching, into square blocks ... (23 of 291 words, 2 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/446249​/patchwork

Columbia Encyclopedia:

theory

in music, discipline involving the construction of cognitive systems to be used as a tool for comprehending musical compositions. The discipline is ... (22 of 301 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/ent​/A​0848422​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

hodgepodge [Canadian] | hodgepodges [plural] | hotchpotch [Canadian] | hotchpotches [British, plural]

a mixture of several unrelated things. hotchpotch (7 of 25 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861618232​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

patchwork

First use: 1690s

Origin: "patch" (1) + "work".

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=patchwork

work

Origin: [noun] Old English weorc, worc "something done, deed, action, ... | [verb] a fusion of Old English wyrcan (past tense worhte, past ... (21 of 151 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=work

New World Dictionary:

patch

Origin: Middle English pacche, probably variant of peche, a piece from Old French pieche, variant of pece, piece, "piece" | ... (18 of 40 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/patch

work | worked [past tense] | working [present participle]

Origin: Middle English werk from Old English weorc, akin to German ... | Old English wyrcan, wercan (15 of 32 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/work

American Heritage Dictionary:

patch | patched [past tense] | patching [present participle] | patches [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English pacche, perhaps alteration of pece, pieche, piece; see "piece". | Perhaps from Italian dialectal paccio, from Old Italian.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/patch

work | worked [past tense] | wrought [past tense] | working [present participle] | works [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English, from Old English weorc; see werg- in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/work

Oxford Dictionary:

patch | patch someone/thing up | patch something together | patch something up

Origin: late Middle English: perhaps from a variant of Old French pieche, dialect variant of piece "piece"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/patch

work | worked [past tense] | wrought [past tense] | set someone to work | monkey wrench [North American] | butt [North American] | college [North American] | works [North American] | the works [North American] | ...

Origin: Old English weorc (noun), wyrcan (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch werk and German Werk, from an Indo-European root shared by Greek ergon

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/work

Collins Dictionary:

patch

First use: 16th century

Origin: pacche, perhaps from French piechepiece

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/patch

work

Origin: Old English weorc (n), wircan, wyrcan (vb); related to Old High German wurchen, German wirken, Old Norse yrkja, Gothic waurkjan

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/work

Wiktionary:

patch | patches [plural] | patched [past tense] | patching [present participle]

Origin: Middle English pacche, of uncertain origin.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/patch

work | worked [past tense] | wrought [rare, past tense] | working [present participle] | works [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Old English weorc, worc, from Proto-Germanic *werką, from Proto-Indo-European *wérǵom;... | Old English wyrċan from Proto-Germanic *wurkijaną ("to work"), from Proto-Indo-European *werǵ- ("to... (22 of 114 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/work

Merriam-Webster:

patch [entry 1, noun]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English pacche

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/patch

patch [entry 3, noun]

First use: 1549

Origin: perhaps by folk etymology from Italian dialect paccio

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/patch show=2

work [entry 1, noun]

First use: before 12th century

Origin: Middle English werk, work, from Old English werc, weorc; akin to Old High German werc work, Greek ergon, Avestan varəzem activity

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/work

work [entry 3, verb] | worked [past tense] | wrought [past tense] | working [present participle]

First use: before 12th century

Origin: Middle English werken, worken, from Old English wyrcan; akin to Old English weorc

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/work show=2

Encarta Dictionary:

work | works [plural] | worked [past tense] | working [present participle]

Origin: Old English weorc from Indo-European

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861714014​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

patchwork

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "patchwork"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/patchwork

Macmillan British Dictionary:

patchwork

Audio: British English pronunciation of "patchwork"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/patchwork

Macmillan American Dictionary:

patchwork

Audio: North American pronunciation of "patchwork"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/patchwork

Cambridge Dictionary:

patchwork

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "patchwork"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "patchwork"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/patchwork

the Free Dictionary:

patchwork

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "patchwork"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "patchwork"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "patchwork" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/patchwork

Google Dictionary:

patchwork | patchworks [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "patchwork"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

patchwork

Audio: North American pronunciation of "patchwork"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=patchw​01 word=patchwork

YourDictionary Audio:

patchwork

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "patchwork" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/patchwork

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