- to cover or hang with cloth or other fabric, especially in graceful folds; adorn with drapery.
- to adjust (curtains, clothes, etc.) into graceful folds, attractive lines, etc.
- to arrange, hang, or let fall carelessly: Don't drape your feet over the chair!
- Medicine/Medical, Surgery. to place cloth so as to surround (a part to be examined, treated, or operated upon).
- (in reinforced-concrete construction) to hang (reinforcement) in a certain form between two points before pouring the concrete.
- to put a black cravat on (a flagstaff) as a token of mourning.
- to hang, fall, or become arranged in folds, as drapery: This silk drapes well.
- a curtain or hanging of heavy fabric and usually considerable length, especially either of a pair for covering a window and drawn open and shut horizontally.
- either of a pair of similar curtains extending or draped at the sides of a window, French doors, or the like as decoration.
- manner or style of hanging: the drape of a skirt.
Origin of drape
Examples from the Web for draping
In the next, you go Little Mermaid style, draping your bleached-blonde weave over your bosoms.Amanda Bynes’s Topless Bathroom Photo Shoot: A Dramatization
May 2, 2013
There are now so many demands on a designer that have nothing to do with sketching and draping.Paris Fall Fashion Week Ends With Vuitton and Kanye
March 7, 2012
Ethan Perlson on why even the country's lefties are draping themselves in the flag.Bibi's Unlikely New Fan Club
June 5, 2010
"Allow me, then," said he, taking her shawl and draping it on her shoulders.Confessions Of Con Cregan
Charles James Lever
Since when he has been busy, draping it, now in the fashion of this age, now in the fashion of that.Tea-Table Talk
Jerome K. Jerome
These, draping the roughly-hewn logs, rob them to some extent of their rigidity.The Wild Huntress
Gee, Im sorry, she added over her shoulder, draping her suit-coat on a hanger.Beginners Luck
"Yes," said the little man, draping himself in his dressing-gown.Parisians in the Country
Honore de Balzac
- (tr) to hang or cover with flexible material or fabric, usually in folds; adorn
- to hang or arrange or be hung or arranged, esp in folds
- (tr) to place casually and loosely; hangshe draped her arm over the back of the chair
- (often plural) a cloth or hanging that covers something in folds; drapery
- the way in which fabric hangs
Word Origin and History for draping
c.1400, "to ornament with cloth hangings;" mid-15c., "to weave into cloth," from Old French draper "to weave, make cloth" (13c.), from drap "cloth, piece of cloth, sheet, bandage," from Late Latin drapus, perhaps of Gaulish origin (cf. Old Irish drapih "mantle, garment"). Meaning "to cover with drapery" is from 1847. Meaning "to cause to hang or stretch out loosely or carelessly" is from 1943. Related: Draped; draping.
1660s, from drape (v.). Jive talk slang for "suit of clothes" is attested from 1945.
- To cover, dress, or hang with or as if with cloth in loose folds.
- A cloth arranged over a patient's body during an examination or treatment or during surgery, designed to provide a sterile field around the area.