Meaning of PATENT in English


[pat.ent] adj [ME, fr. MF, fr. L patent-, patens, fr. prp. of patere to be open--more at fathom] (14c) 1 a: open to public inspection--used chiefly in the phrase letters patent b (1): secured by letters patent or by a patent to the exclusive control and possession of a particular individual or party (2): protected by a patent: made under a patent "~ locks" c: protected by a trademark or a trade name so as to establish proprietary rights analogous to those conveyed by letters patent or a patent: proprietary "~ drugs"

2: of, relating to, or concerned with the granting of patents esp. for inventions "a ~ lawyer"

3: making exclusive or proprietary claims or pretensions

4: affording free passage: unobstructed "a ~ opening"

5: patulous, spreading "a ~ calyx"

6. archaic: accessible, exposed 7: readily visible or intelligible: obvious syn see evident -- adv

[2]pat.ent n (14c) 1: an official document conferring a right or privilege: letters patent

2. a: a writing securing to an inventor for a term of years the exclusive right to make, use, or sell an invention b: the monopoly or right so granted c: a patented invention

3: privilege, license

4: an instrument making a conveyance of public lands; also: the land so conveyed

5: patent leather [3]pat.ent vt (1675) 1: to obtain or grant a patent right to

2: to grant a privilege, right, or license to by patent

3: to obtain or secure by patent; esp: to secure by letters patent exclusive right to make, use, or sell -- pat.ent.abil.i.ty n -- adj

Merriam-Webster English vocab.      Английский словарь Merriam Webster.