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Definition of DRESS

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Dress \Dress\ (dr[e^]s), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dressed} (dr[e^]st) or {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.] [1913 Webster]

              At all times thou shalt bless God and pray Him to dress thy ways.                       --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

     Note: Dress is used reflexively in Old English, in sense of
           "to direct one's step; to address one's self." [1913 Webster]

                 To Grisild again will I me dresse. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

     3. (Med.) To treat methodically with remedies, bandages, or curative appliances, as a sore, an ulcer, a wound, or a wounded or diseased part. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

                  And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it.   --Gen. ii. 15. [1913 Webster]

                  When he dresseth the lamps he shall burn incense.                          --Ex. xxx. 7. [1913 Webster]

                  Three hundred horses . . . smoothly dressed.
                                                    --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

                  Dressing their hair with the white sea flower.
                                                    --Tennyson
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                  If he felt obliged to expostulate, he might have dressed his censures in a kinder form.
                                                    --Carlyle. (b) To cut to proper dimensions, or give proper shape to, as to a tool by hammering; also, to smooth or finish. (c) To put in proper condition by appareling, as the body; to put clothes upon; to apparel; to invest with garments or rich decorations; to clothe; to deck. [1913 Webster]

                  Dressed myself in such humility.  -- Shak. [1913 Webster]

                  Prove that ever Idress myself handsome till thy return.                           --Shak. (d) To break and train for use, as a horse or other animal. [1913 Webster]

     {To dress up} or {To dress out}, to dress elaborately, artificially, or pompously. "You see very often a king of England or France dressed up like a Julius C[ae]sar."
        --Addison.

     {To dress a ship} (Naut.), to ornament her by hoisting the national colors at the peak and mastheads, and setting the jack forward; when dressed full, the signal flags and pennants are added. --Ham. Nav. Encyc.

     Syn: To attire; apparel; clothe; accouter; array; robe; rig; trim; deck; adorn; embellish. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Dress \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, Dress right, dress! [1913 Webster]

     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.
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              To flaunt, to dress, to dance, to thrum. --Tennyson
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     {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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Dress \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. [1913 Webster]

     2. A lady's gown; as, silk or a velvet dress.
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     3. Attention to apparel, or skill in adjusting it. [1913 Webster]

              Men of pleasure, dress, and gallantry. -- Pope. [1913 Webster]

     4. (Milling) The system of furrows on the face of a millstone. --Knight. [1913 Webster]

     {Dress parade} (Mil.), a parade in full uniform for review. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

364 Moby Thesaurus words for "dress":
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