Pronunciation: (pat'nt or, for 10, 12–15, pāt'-; esp. Brit. pāt'nt),[key] —n. 1. the exclusive right granted by a government to an inventor to manufacture, use, or sell an invention for a certain number of years.
2. an invention or process protected by this right.
3. an official document conferring such a right; letters patent.
4. the instrument by which the government of the United States conveys the legal fee-simple title to public land.
5. patent leather.
—adj. 1. protected by a patent; patented: a patent cooling device. 2. pertaining to, concerned with, or dealing with patents, esp. on inventions: a patent attorney; patent law. 3. conferred by a patent, as a right or privilege.
4. holding a patent, as a person.
5. readily open to notice or observation; evident; obvious: a patent breach of good manners. 6. made of patent leather: patent shoes. 7. lying open; not enclosed or shut in: a patent field. 8. Chiefly Bot.expanded or spreading.
9. open, as a doorway or a passage.
10. Phonet.open, in various degrees, to the passage of the breath stream.
—v.t. 1. to take out a patent on; obtain the exclusive rights to (an invention, process, etc.) by a patent.
2. to originate and establish as one's own.
3. Metall.to heat and quench (wire) so as to prepare for cold-drawing.
4. to grant (public land) by a patent.