Origin of dressing
- an outer garment for women and girls, consisting of bodice and skirt in one piece.
- clothing; apparel; garb: The dress of the 18th century was colorful.
- formal attire.
- a particular form of appearance; guise.
- outer covering, as the plumage of birds.
- of or for a dress or dresses.
- of or for a formal occasion.
- requiring formal dress.
- to put clothing upon.
- to put formal or evening clothes on.
- to trim; ornament; adorn: to dress a store window; to dress a Christmas tree.
- to design clothing for or sell clothes to.
- to comb out and do up (hair).
- to cut up, trim, and remove the skin, feathers, viscera, etc., from (an animal, meat, fowl, or flesh of a fowl) for market or for cooking (often followed by out when referring to a large animal): We dressed three chickens for the dinner. He dressed out the deer when he got back to camp.
- to prepare (skins, fabrics, timber, stone, ore, etc.) by special processes.
- to apply medication or a dressing to (a wound or sore).
- to make straight; bring (troops) into line: to dress ranks.
- to make (stone, wood, or other building material) smooth.
- to cultivate (land, fields, etc.).
- Theater. to arrange (a stage) by effective placement of properties, scenery, actors, etc.
- to ornament (a vessel) with ensigns, house flags, code flags, etc.: The bark was dressed with masthead flags only.
- to prepare or bait (a fishhook) for use.
- to prepare (bait, especially an artificial fly) for use.
- Printing. to fit (furniture) around and between pages in a chase prior to locking it up.
- to supply with accessories, optional features, etc.: to have one's new car fully dressed.
- to clothe or attire oneself; put on one's clothes: Wake up and dress, now!
- to put on or wear formal or fancy clothes: to dress for dinner.
- to come into line, as troops.
- to align oneself with the next soldier, marcher, dancer, etc., in line.
- dress down,
- to reprimand; scold.
- to thrash; beat.
- to dress informally or less formally: to dress down for the shipboard luau.
- dress up,
- to put on one's best or fanciest clothing; dress relatively formally: They were dressed up for the Easter parade.
- to dress in costume or in another person's clothes: to dress up in Victorian clothing; to dress up as Marie Antoinette.
- to embellish or disguise, especially in order to make more appealing or acceptable: to dress up the facts with colorful details.
- dress ship,
- to decorate a ship by hoisting lines of flags running its full length.
- U.S. Navy.to display the national ensigns at each masthead and a larger ensign on the flagstaff.
Origin of dress
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Examples from the Web for dressing
He once experimented with dressing as “Hilda the Wicked Witch” as a way to expand his business to Halloween.Kerry Bentivolio: The Congressman Who Believes in Santa Claus
December 24, 2014
Followers had traveled many miles to mourn the loss, and aid in the ritual washing, dressing, and honoring of the body.Jail Threats for Sierra Leone Ebola Victims’ Families
December 10, 2014
Women are berated—and berate themselves—for dressing too sexily.In Defense of Slut-O-Ween
October 29, 2014
We say our hellos, and he guides me backstage, up three flights of stairs, and into his dressing room.The Revival of Kieran Culkin: A Reluctant Star Seizes the Spotlight
October 23, 2014
Still, the first color we reach for when dressing for a funeral is black.The Best-Dressed Way to Say Goodbye
October 21, 2014
Now hurry into your dressing gown and let's begin our letters.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
In his dressing room he kept a large open bible in which he daily read.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
Dressing herself as quickly as possible, she hurried to go downstairs.The Dream
You will observe that she has fine rugs in her dressing room and bathroom.Her Father's Daughter
All the time he was dressing and taking his coffee he could hear her talking to some one.The Little Colonel
Annie Fellows Johnston
- a sauce for food, esp for salad
- US and Canadian a mixture of chopped and seasoned ingredients with which poultry, meat, etc, is stuffed before cookingAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): stuffing
- a covering for a wound, sore, etc
- manure or artificial fertilizer spread on land
- size used for stiffening textiles
- the processes in the conversion of certain rough tanned hides into leather ready for use
- to put clothes on (oneself or another); attire
- to change one's clothes
- to wear formal or evening clothes
- (tr) to provide (someone) with clothing; clothe
- (tr) to arrange merchandise in (a shop window) for effective display
- (tr) to comb out or arrange (the hair) into position
- (tr) to apply protective or therapeutic covering to (a wound, sore, etc)
- (tr) to prepare (food, esp fowl and fish) for cooking or serving by cleaning, trimming, gutting, etc
- (tr) to put a finish on (the surface of stone, metal, etc)
- (tr) to till and cultivate (land), esp by applying manure, compost, or fertilizer
- (tr) to prune and trim (trees, bushes, etc)
- (tr) to groom (an animal, esp a horse)
- (tr) to convert (tanned hides) into leather
- (tr) archaic to spay or neuter (an animal)
- angling to tie (a fly)
- military to bring (troops) into line or (of troops) to come into line (esp in the phrase dress ranks)
- dress ship nautical to decorate a vessel by displaying all signal flags on lines run from the bow to the stern over the mast trucks
- a one-piece garment for a woman, consisting of a skirt and bodice
- complete style of clothing; costumeformal dress; military dress
- (modifier) suitable or required for a formal occasiona dress shirt
- the outer covering or appearance, esp of living thingstrees in their spring dress of leaves
Word Origin and History for dressing
mid-14c., verbal noun from dress (v.). Sense in cookery is from c.1500. Meaning "bandage" is first recorded 1713. Dressing gown attested from 1777; dressing room from 1670s.
early 14c., "make straight; direct, guide, control, prepare for cooking," from Old French dresser, drecier "raise (oneself), address, prepare, lift, raise, hoist, set up, arrange, set (a table), serve (food), straighten, put right, direct," from Vulgar Latin *directiare, from Latin directus "direct, straight" (see direct (v.)).
Sense of "decorate, adorn" is late 14c., as is that of "put on clothing." Original sense survives in military meaning "align columns of troops." Dress up "attire elaborately" is from 1670s; dressing down "wearing clothes less formal than expected" is from 1960. To dress (someone) down (1769) is ironical. Related: Dressed; dressing.
c.1600, originally any clothing, especially that appropriate to rank or to some ceremony; sense of "woman's garment" is first recorded 1630s, with overtones of "made not merely to clothe but to adorn." Dress rehearsal first recorded 1828.
- A therapeutic or protective material applied to a wound.
- To apply medication, bandages, or other therapeutic materials to an area of the body such as a wound.