Definitions for: Dress


[n] clothing of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion
[n] a one-piece garment for a woman; has skirt and bodice
[adj] (of an occasion) requiring formal clothes; "a dress dinner"; "a full-dress ceremony"
[adj] suitable for formal occasions; "formal wear"; "a full-dress uniform"; "dress shoes"
[v] arrange attractively; "dress my hair for the wedding"
[v] dress or groom with elaborate care; "She likes to dress when going to the opera"
[v] dress in a certain manner; "She dresses in the latest Paris fashion"; "he dressed up in a suit and tie"
[v] give a neat appearance to; "groom the dogs"; "dress the horses"
[v] put on clothes; "we had to dress quickly"; "dress the patient"; "Can the child dress by herself?"
[v] provide with clothes or put clothes on; "Parents must feed and dress their child"
[v] apply a bandage or medication to; "dress the victim's wounds"
[v] convert into leather; "dress the tanned skins"
[v] kill and prepare for market or consumption; "dress a turkey"
[v] put a finish on; "dress the surface smooth"
[v] cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of"dress the plants in the garden"
[v] put a dressing on; "dress the salads"
[v] provide with decoration; "dress the windows"
[v] decorate (food), as with parsley or other ornamental foods
[v] arrange in ranks; "dress troops"



Webster (1913) Definition: Dress, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dressedor Drest; p. pr. &
vb. n. Dressing.] [OF. drecier to make straight, raise, set
up, prepare, arrange, F. dresser. (assumed) LL. directiare,
fr. L. dirigere, directum, to direct; dis- + regere to rule.
See Right, and cf. Address, Adroit, Direct, Dirge.]
1. To direct; to put right or straight; to regulate; to
order. [Obs.]

At all times thou shalt bless God and pray Him to
dress thy ways. --Chaucer.

Note: Dress is used reflexively in Old English, in sense of
``to direct one's step; to address one's self.''

To Grisild again will I me dresse. --Chaucer.

2. (Mil.) To arrange in exact continuity of line, as
soldiers; commonly to adjust to a straight line and at
proper distance; to align; as, to dress the ranks.

3. (Med.) To treat methodically with remedies, bandages, or
curative appliances, as a sore, an ulcer, a wound, or a
wounded or diseased part.

4. To adjust; to put in good order; to arrange; specifically:
(a) To prepare for use; to fit for any use; to render
suitable for an intended purpose; to get ready; as, to
dress a slain animal; to dress meat; to dress leather
or cloth; to dress or trim a lamp; to dress a garden;
to dress a horse, by currying and rubbing; to dress
grain, by cleansing it; in mining and metallurgy, to
dress ores, by sorting and separating them.



And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden
of Eden to dress it. --Gen. ii. 15.

When he dresseth the lamps he shall burn incense. --Ex.
xxx. 7.

Three hundred horses . . . smoothly dressed. --Dryden.

Dressing their hair with the white sea flower. --Tennyson


Dress, v. i.
1. (Mil.) To arrange one's self in due position in a line of
soldiers; -- the word of command to form alignment in
ranks; as, Right, dress!

2. To clothe or apparel one's self; to put on one's garments;
to pay particular regard to dress; as, to dress quickly.
``To dress for a ball.'' --Latham.

To flaunt, to dress, to dance, to thrum. --Tennyson
.

To dress to the right, To dress to the left, {To dress on
the center} (Mil.), to form alignment with reference to the
soldier on the extreme right, or in the center, of the
rank, who serves as a guide.


Dress, n.
1. That which is used as the covering or ornament of the
body; clothes; garments; habit; apparel. ``In your
soldier's dress.'' --Shak.

2. A lady's gown; as, silk or a velvet dress.

3. Attention to apparel, or skill in adjusting it.

Men of pleasure, dress, and gallantry. -- Pope.

4. (Milling) The system of furrows on the face of a
millstone. --Knight.

Dress circle. See under Circle.

Dress parade (Mil.), a parade in full uniform for review.

Synonyms: arrange, attire, clip, coif, coiffe, coiffure, crop, cut back, decorate, do, dress out, formal, frock, full-dress, garb, garnish, line up, lop, plume, preen, primp, prune, set, snip, trim, trim

Antonyms: discase, disrobe, peel, strip, strip down, uncase, unclothe, undress

See Also: adorn, apparel, apply, arrange, article of clothing, assume, attire, bandage, beautify, beautify, bob, bodice, bundle up, caftan, care for, change, change over, change state, chemise, clothes, clothing, coat, coatdress, cocktail dress, convert, corset, costume, costume, cover, cross-dress, dandify, deck out, deck up, decorate, dirndl, disbud, disguise, don, dress down, dress up, ecclesiastical attire, ecclesiastical robe, embellish, embellish, evening clothes, evening dress, eveningwear, fancy up, fig out, fig up, finish, formalwear, frock, garment, get into, get up, getup, gown, gown, grace, groom, gussy up, habit, habit, hemline, jacket, jumper, kaftan, kill, kirtle, morning dress, Mother Hubbard, muumuu, neaten, neckline, ornament, outfit, overclothe, overdress, pinafore, pinch, pinny, plaster, poll, pollard, polonaise, position, poultice, prepare, prettify, prim, prim out, prim up, prink, put on, put on, rig, rig out, robe, sack, saree, sari, set up, shear, sheath, shift, shirt, shirtdress, shoe, slide fastener, Sunday best, thin out, tog out, tog up, top, treat, trick out, trick up, turn, underdress, vest, vesture, vesture, wave, wear, wear, wearing apparel, wrap up, zip, zip-fastener, zipper

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