Complete Definition of "patent"

see|Patent
English

Pronunciation
(UK): IPA|/ËpeɪtÉnt/, SAMPA|/"[email protected]/ or IPA|/ËpætÉnt/, SAMPA|/"p{[email protected]/
(UK): AHD|pÄtʹÉnt, IPA|/ËpætÉnt/, SAMPA|/"p{[email protected]/ or AHD|pÄtʹÉnt, IPA|/ËpeɪtÉnt/, SAMPA|/"[email protected]/

In the UK, the pronunciation beginning pÄt-, /peɪt-/, <tt>/peIt-/</tt> is more common than the one beginning pÄt-, /pæt-/, <tt>/p{t-/</tt>, but some use the former for the senses of "open" and the latter for senses relating to "letters patent" and the noun. Reference: OED, second edition, 1989
In the US, the pronunciation beginning pÄt-, /pæt-/, <tt>/p{t-/</tt> is the usual one. The pronunciation beginning pÄt-, /peɪt-/, <tt>/peIt-/</tt> is an alternative in the sense of "obvious" and "open". Reference: dictionary.com

audio|en-uk-patent.ogg|Audio (UK)

Etymology 1
Short form of Anglo-French lettre patente, "open letter" < L. littera patens.

Noun
en-noun

  1. A declaration issued by a government agency declaring someone the inventor of a new invention and having the privelege of stopping others from making, using or selling the claimed invention; a letter patent.
  2. A specific grant of ownership of a piece of property; a land patent.
  3. Patent leather: a varnished, high-gloss leather typically used for shoes and accessories.

Translations
trans-top|declaration issued by a government
French brevet m
German: Patent n
Italian: brevetto m
Spanish: patente m
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Japanese ç¹è¨± (tokkyo)
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trans-top|specific grant of ownership of a piece of property
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trans-top|patent leather
Spanish : charol m , patente m (Venezuela)
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Verb
en-verb

  1. To successfully register an invention with a government agency; to secure a letter patent.

Etymology 2
L. patens, "open, lying open"

Adjective
en-adj

  1. biology Open, unobstructed, expanded.
  2. Explicit and obvious.


German

Adjective
de-adj|comparativepatenter|superlativepatentesten

  1. clever

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