[ dreyp ]
/ dreɪp /

verb (used with object), draped, drap·ing.

verb (used without object), draped, drap·ing.

to hang, fall, or become arranged in folds, as drapery: This silk drapes well.


Nearby words

  1. drang,
  2. drang nach osten,
  3. drangway,
  4. drank,
  5. drap,
  6. drape forming,
  7. drapeau,
  8. draper,
  9. draper, john william,
  10. draper, ruth

Origin of drape

1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French draper, derivative of drap cloth (see drab1)

Related formsdrap·a·ble, drape·a·ble, adjectivedrap·a·bil·i·ty, drape·a·bil·i·ty, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for drapability


/ (dreɪp) /


(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
See also drapes

Derived Formsdrapable or drapeable, adjective

Word Origin for drape

C15: from Old French draper, from drap piece of cloth; see drab 1

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Word Origin and History for drapability
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Medicine definitions for drapability


[ drāp ]


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.

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