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patent  


      n  
1   
a    a government grant to an inventor assuring him the sole right to make, use, and sell his invention for a limited period  
b    a document conveying such a grant  
2    an invention, privilege, etc., protected by a patent  
3   
a    an official document granting a right  
b    any right granted by such a document  
4      (in the U.S.)  
a    a grant by the government of title to public lands  
b    the instrument by which such title is granted  
c    the land so granted  
5    a sign that one possesses a certain quality  
      adj  
6    open or available for inspection (esp. in the phrases letters patent, patent writ)  
7    obvious  
their scorn was patent to everyone     
8    concerning protection, appointment, etc., of or by a patent or patents  
9    proprietary  
10    (esp. of a bodily passage or duct) being open or unobstructed  
11      (Biology)   spreading out widely  
patent branches     
12    (of plate glass) ground and polished on both sides  
      vb   tr  
13    to obtain a patent for  
14    (in the U.S.) to grant (public land or mineral rights) by a patent  
15      (Metallurgy)   to heat (a metal) above a transformation temperature and cool it at a rate that allows cold working  
     (C14: via Old French from Latin patere to lie open; n use, short for letters patent, from Medieval Latin litterae patentes letters lying open (to public inspection))  
  patentable      adj  
  patentability      n  
The pronunciation ``<PH:'><PH:p><PH:G><PH:t><PH:&><PH:n><PH:t>'' is heard in letters patent and Patent Office and is the usual U.S. pronunciation for all senses. In Britain ``<PH:'><PH:p><PH:G><PH:t><PH:&><PH:n><PH:t>'' is sometimes heard for senses 1, 2 and 3, but ``<PH:'><PH:p><PH:e><PH:I><PH:t><PH:&><PH:n><PH:t>'' is commoner and is regularly used in collocations like patent leather  


letters patent  
      pl n      See       patent       1  
patent fastener  
      n      (in Ireland) another name for       press stud  
patent leather  
      n   leather or imitation leather processed with lacquer to give a hard glossy surface  
patent log  
      n     (Nautical)   any of several mechanical devices for measuring the speed of a vessel and the distance travelled, consisting typically of a trailing rotor that registers its rotations on a meter  
   Compare       chip log  
patent medicine  
      n   a medicine, usually of low potency, protected by a patent and available without a doctor's prescription  
Patent Office  
      n   a government department that issues patents,   (Abbrev.)    Pat. Off  
patent right  
      n   the exclusive right granted by a patent  
Patent Rolls  
      pl n   (in Britain) the register of patents issued  
patent still  
      n   a type of still in which the distillation is continuous  
     (so called because a still of this type was patented in 1830)  
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n.
(in neomarxist thought) the third main exploitive social class: The bourgeoisie of innovation. The members of the innovoisie have usually human innovating capital. They receive (as individuals) copyrights or patent rights and consume more than the world GDP. (neologism 1996 Yanick Toutain)

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