Part of speech: adjective


Part of speech: verb

To grant or secure by patent.

Part of speech: verb

Manifest or apparent.

Part of speech: verb

Protected by patent.

Part of speech: noun

A government protection securing the exclusive right of making and using an invention; also, any government grant or franchise.

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Usage examples "patent":

  1. His elbow almost touched a young man in patent leather boots and yellow gloves, who had his eye- glass still in his eye. - "Napoleon the Little", Victor Hugo.
  2. That won't answer with ladies' patent- leather shoes! - "Pelle the Conqueror, Vol. 2", Martin Anderson Nexo.
  3. San Manuel, with thirty- eight persons, has a patent for six hundred forty acres of " worthless, dry hills." - "The Old Franciscan Missions Of California", George Wharton James.