[ 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.



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Origin of drape

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


drap·a·ble, drape·a·ble, adjectivedrap·a·bil·i·ty, drape·a·bil·i·ty, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for draping

/ (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 drape

drapable 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 draping

[ 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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