(Pa"tient) a. [F., fr. L. patiens, -entis, p. pr. of pati to suffer. Cf. Pathos, Passion.]
1. Having the quality of enduring; physically able to suffer or bear.
Patient of severest toil and hardship.Bp. Fell.
2. Undergoing pains, trails, or the like, without murmuring or fretfulness; bearing up with equanimity against
3. Constant in pursuit or exertion; persevering; calmly diligent; as, patient endeavor.
Whatever I have done is due to patient thought.Sir I. Newton.
4. Expectant with calmness, or without discontent; not hasty; not overeager; composed.
Not patient to expect the turns of fate.Prior.
5. Forbearing; long-suffering.
Be patient toward all men.1 Thess. v. 14.
1. ONe who, or that which, is passively affected; a passive recipient.
Malice is a passion so impetuous and precipitate that often involves the agent and the patient.Gov. of
2. A person under medical or surgical treatment; correlative to physician or nurse.
Like a physician, . . . seeing his patient in a pestilent fever.Sir P. Sidney. In patient, a patient who receives lodging and food, as treatment, in a hospital or an infirmary. Out
patient, one who receives advice and medicine, or treatment, from an infirmary.
(Pa"tient), v. t. To compose, to calm. [Obs.] "Patient yourself, madam." Shak.