# Is the word “patch” appropriate for source code update?

I've just checked in Wikipedia for some context where I could use the word patch, but most of the example usages I found only refers to "Software update" but not "Source code update"

Is the word patch appropriate for source code update?

For example:

Could we use that repository to submit our source code patches?

• A "patch" is a "quick fix" to some software. Precisely how it's represented (eg, in source or object code) is not implied by the term. – Hot Licks Aug 10 '15 at 3:03
• So not appropriate? Is there an alternative word for update that I could use in my example sentence? – mr5 Aug 10 '15 at 3:11
• It is appropriate, assuming the update you're taking about is a "quick fix" (which is itself a rather vague and nebulous term). Ie, you would use the term mostly for bug fixes, not new function. – Hot Licks Aug 10 '15 at 3:17
• Ooh. Would you mind to re-post your comment as an answer instead so I could accept it? Thanks :) – mr5 Aug 10 '15 at 3:20
• How is it possible to update the software but not the source code? – SomethingDark Aug 10 '15 at 4:03