[ dreyp ]
/ dreɪp /
verb (used with object), draped, drap·ing.
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.
verb (used without object), draped, drap·ing.
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.
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Origin of drape
1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French draper, derivative of drap cloth (see drab1)
OTHER WORDS FROM drapedrap·a·ble, drape·a·ble, adjectivedrap·a·bil·i·ty, drape·a·bil·i·ty, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for drapeability
/ (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 forms of drapedrapable or drapeable, adjective
Word Origin for drape
C15: from Old French draper, from drap piece of cloth; see drab 1
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Medical definitions for drapeability
[ 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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