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dressing Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun savory dressings for salads; basically of two kinds: either the thin French or vinaigrette type or the creamy mayonnaise type
    salad dressing.
  2. noun a mixture of seasoned ingredients used to stuff meats and vegetables
  3. noun making fertile as by applying fertilizer or manure
    fecundation; fertilisation; fertilization.
  4. noun a cloth covering for a wound or sore
    medical dressing.
  5. noun processes in the conversion of rough hides into leather
  6. noun the activity of getting dressed; putting on clothes
  7. noun the act of applying a bandage
    bandaging; binding.
  8. verb put on clothes
    get dressed; dress.
    • we had to dress quickly
    • dress the patient
    • Can the child dress by herself?
  9. verb provide with clothes or put clothes on
    enclothe; garment; fit out; garb; raiment; apparel; habilitate; dress; tog; clothe.
    • Parents must feed and dress their child
  10. verb put a finish on
    • dress the surface smooth
  11. verb dress in a certain manner
    dress up; dress.
    • She dresses in the latest Paris fashion
    • he dressed up in a suit and tie
  12. verb dress or groom with elaborate care
    plume; dress; primp; preen.
    • She likes to dress when going to the opera
  13. verb kill and prepare for market or consumption
    dress out; dress.
    • dress a turkey
  14. verb arrange in ranks
    line up; dress.
    • dress troops
  15. verb decorate (food), as with parsley or other ornamental foods
    trim; garnish; dress.
  16. verb provide with decoration
    dress; decorate.
    • dress the windows
  17. verb put a dressing on
    • dress the salads
  18. verb cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of
    trim; prune; clip; cut back; crop; snip; lop; dress.
    • dress the plants in the garden
  19. verb cut down rough-hewn (lumber) to standard thickness and width
  20. verb convert into leather
    • dress the tanned skins
  21. verb apply a bandage or medication to
    • dress the victim's wounds
  22. verb give a neat appearance to
    curry; groom; dress.
    • groom the dogs
    • dress the horses
  23. verb arrange attractively
    do; set; coiffe; coif; coiffure; dress; arrange.
    • dress my hair for the wedding

Dress"ing noun
  1. Dress; raiment; especially, ornamental habiliment or attire. B. Jonson.
  2. (Surg.) An application (a remedy, bandage, etc.) to a sore or wound. Wiseman.
  3. Manure or compost over land. When it remains on the surface, it is called a top-dressing.
  4. (Cookery) (a) A preparation to fit food for use; a condiment; as, a dressing for salad. (b) The stuffing of fowls, pigs, etc.; forcemeat.
  5. Gum, starch, and the like, used in stiffening or finishing silk, linen, and other fabrics.
  6. An ornamental finish, as a molding around doors, windows, or on a ceiling, etc.
  7. Castigation; scolding; -- often with down. Colloq.

Webster 1913