1. (-a). Build (in stone, concrete, or coral-lime), build (stone) wall, lay (concrete) floor, wall up, dam up, block up (with stones).
Tē patu nei māua i tēia ‘are.
We are building the (concrete) wall of this house;
Kia oti te ta‘ua o te ‘are i te patu, ka kaikai ei.
Let’s get the floor laid and then have our meal;
Kua patua ā te pae i te mataara ki te toka.
Stone walls were built alongside the road;
Tē ‘akaputu toka patu ‘are nei mātou.
We are collecting stones for the walls of the house;
Kua patu ‘aia i tēia ngā‘i ki te toka ‘ei ārai i te vai.
He has built it up here with stones to hold the water back.
2. n. Stone or concrete wall.
Tē vāvā‘i patu nei māua.
We are knocking the wall down;
Kua topa ‘aia ki raro mei runga i te patu.
He fell off the wall. Tuatua patu, a bible discussion.
‘E tuatua patu tā te va‘ine tini i tēia Tāpati.
The women’s guild are having a bible-discussion on Sunday.
(see patupatu2; cf. Tah. patu.)