[ dres-ing ]
/ ˈdrɛs ɪŋ /
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the act of a person or thing that dresses.
a sauce for food: salad dressing.
stuffing for a fowl: turkey dressing.
material used to dress or cover a wound.
manure, compost, or other fertilizers.
the ornamental detail of a building, especially that around openings.



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Origin of dressing

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at dress, -ing1
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British Dictionary definitions for dressing

/ (ˈdrɛsɪŋ) /


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
See also dressings
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Medical definitions for dressing

[ drĕsĭng ]


A therapeutic or protective material applied to a wound.
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