• Stone-cutters Finishing the Dressing of Limestone Blocks
    Stone-cutters Finishing the Dressing of Limestone Blocks
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj dress (of an occasion) requiring formal clothes "a dress dinner","a full-dress ceremony"
    • adj dress suitable for formal occasions "formal wear","a full-dress uniform","dress shoes"
    • v dress arrange attractively "dress my hair for the wedding"
    • v dress dress or groom with elaborate care "She likes to dress when going to the opera"
    • v dress dress in a certain manner "She dresses in the latest Paris fashion","he dressed up in a suit and tie"
    • v dress give a neat appearance to "groom the dogs","dress the horses"
    • v dress put on clothes "we had to dress quickly","dress the patient","Can the child dress by herself?"
    • v dress provide with clothes or put clothes on "Parents must feed and dress their child"
    • v dress apply a bandage or medication to "dress the victim's wounds"
    • v dress convert into leather "dress the tanned skins"
    • v dress kill and prepare for market or consumption "dress a turkey"
    • v dress cut down rough-hewn (lumber) to standard thickness and width
    • v dress put a finish on "dress the surface smooth"
    • v dress cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of "dress the plants in the garden"
    • v dress put a dressing on "dress the salads"
    • v dress provide with decoration "dress the windows"
    • v dress decorate (food), as with parsley or other ornamental foods
    • v dress arrange in ranks "dress troops"
    • n dress clothing in general "she was refined in her choice of apparel","he always bought his clothes at the same store","fastidious about his dress"
    • n dress clothing of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion "formal attire","battle dress"
    • n dress a one-piece garment for a woman; has skirt and bodice
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

Carlo dressed in his sailor suit Carlo dressed in his sailor suit
cartoon-well dressed man cartoon-well dressed man
Lady in long dress Lady in long dress
Dressing up Dressing up
Dressing Table Dressing Table

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: American women, on average, spend 55 minutes per day getting showered, dressed, and groomed
    • Dress A lady's gown; as, silk or a velvet dress .
    • Dress Attention to apparel, or skill in adjusting it. "Men of pleasure, dress , and gallantry."
    • Dress That which is used as the covering or ornament of the body; clothes; garments; habit; apparel. "In your soldier's dress ."
    • Dress (Milling) The system of furrows on the face of a millstone.
    • Dress To adjust; to put in good order; to arrange; specifically: 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.""When he dresseth the lamps he shall burn incense.""Three hundred horses . . . smoothly dressed .""Dressing their hair with the white sea flower.""If he felt obliged to expostulate, he might have dressed his censures in a kinder form."
    • Dress (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.
    • Dress (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!
    • Dress To break and train for use, as a horse or other animal.
    • Dress 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.""To flaunt, to dress , to dance, to thrum."
    • Dress To cut to proper dimensions, or give proper shape to, as to a tool by hammering; also, to smooth or finish.
    • Dress To direct; to put right or straight; to regulate; to order. "At all times thou shalt bless God and pray Him to dress thy ways.""To Grisild again will I me dresse ."
    • Dress 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.
    • Dress (Med) To treat methodically with remedies, bandages, or curative appliances, as a sore, an ulcer, a wound, or a wounded or diseased part.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: During the 1600's, boys and girls in England wore dresses until they were about seven years old.
    • dress To put or make straight; adjust to a right line: as (in military use), to dress ranks.
    • dress To regulate; direct; set right; keep in the right course.
    • dress To adjust; fasten; fix.
    • dress To address; direct: as, to dress words to a person; hence, with reflexive pronoun, to direct or turn one's course, efforts, or attention; prepare or apply one's self to do something; repair; betake one's self: as, they dressed themselves to the dance.
    • dress To prepare or make ready; treat in some particular way, and thus fit for some special use or purpose To till; cultivate; prune.
    • dress To prepare for use as food, by cooking or by the addition of suitable condiments, etc.: as, to dress meat; to dress a salad.
    • dress To make fit for the purpose intended, by some suitable process: as, to dress beef for the market; to dress skins; to dress flax or hemp.
    • dress To cut or reduce to the proper shape or dimensions, or evenness of surface, as by planing, chiseling, tooling, etc.; trim; finish off; put the finishing touches to: as, to dress timber; to dress a millstone
    • dress In mining and metallurgy, to sort or fit for smelting by separating and removing the non-metalliferous veinstone: as, to dress ores.
    • dress To comb and do up: as, to dress the hair.
    • dress To curry and rub down: as, to dress a horse.
    • dress To treat with remedies or curative appliances: as, to dress a wound.
    • dress To array; equip; rig out: as, to dress a ship with flags and pendants.
    • dress To attire; put clothes upon; apparel; adorn or deck with suitable clothes or raiment: as, he dressed himself hastily; to dress one's self for dinner; the maid dressed her mistress for a ball.
    • dress To direct toward; reach toward; reach; offer.
    • dress To prepare for action.
    • dress Synonyms To aline. To accoutre, array, rig. To attire, apparel, clothe, embellish.
    • dress To direct one's course; go.
    • dress To come into line or proper alinement: as (in military use), to dress up in the center.
    • dress To clothe one's self; put on one's usual garments, or such garments as are required for a particular occasion: as, to dress for the day; to dress for dinner, or for a ball.
    • dress To give orders or directions.
    • dress To get on or up; rise.
    • n dress A garment, or the assemblage of garments, used as a covering for the body or for its adornment; clothes; apparel: as, to spend a good deal of money on dress.
    • n dress Specifically.
    • n dress The gown or robe worn by women, consisting of a skirt and a waist, either made separately or in one garment.
    • n dress Outward adornment; elegant clothing, or skill in selecting, combining, and adjusting articles of clothing: as, a love of dress; a man of dress.
    • n dress In ornithology, plumage: as, spring or autumn dress; the breeding dress.
    • n dress External finish: used especially of the arrangement of the furrows on a millstone.
    • n dress Size; dressing.
    • n dress Synonyms Clothing, raiment, habiliments, accoutrements, vestments, habit, attire, array, garb, costume, suit.
    • dress In veg. pathol., to treat (grain and other seed) with hot water, formaldehyde solution, or a similar fungicide, for the purpose of destroying the spores of smut and other plant-diseases.
    • dress In milling, to clean and refine (flour); free (flour) from bran by passing it through bolters. See milling.
    • n dress In printing, a set of types with their appurtenances; also, their arrangement and their general appearance in print.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: 51% of adults dress up for a Halloween festivity.
    • v.t Dress dres to put straight or in order, as troops: to put clothes upon: to prepare: to cook: to trim: to deck: to cleanse a sore: to manure
    • v.i Dress to come into line: to put on clothes:—pa.t. and pa.p. dressed or drest
    • n Dress the covering or ornament of the body: a lady's gown: style of dress
    • ***


  • Joseph Addison
    “There is not so variable a thing in nature as a lady's head-dress.”
  • Beau Brummel
    Beau Brummel
    “If people turn to look at you on the street, you are not well dressed.”
  • Coco Chanel
    “Nothing goes out of fashion sooner than a long dress with a very low neck.”
  • Jennie Jerome Churchill
    Jennie Jerome Churchill
    “There is no such thing as a moral dress. It's people who are moral or immoral.”
  • Angie Dickenson
    Angie Dickenson
    “I dress for women and I undress for men.”
  • William Hazlitt
    “Those who make their dress a principal part of themselves will, in general, become of no more value than their dress.”


All dressed up and nowhere to go - You're prepared for something that isn't going to happen.
Dress someone down - If you dress someone down, you scold them.
Dress to kill - When someone is dressed to kill, they are dressed very smartly.
Dressed to the nines - If you are in your very best clothes, you're dressed to the nines.
Mutton dressed as lamb - Mutton dressed as lamb is term for middle-aged or elderly people trying to look younger.
Window dressing - If something is done to pretend to be dealing with an issue or problem, rather than actually dealing with it, it is window dressing.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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


In literature:

She was handsomely dressed; but there again I felt the same want.
"Daisy" by Elizabeth Wetherell
She noticed his dress particularly, because well-dressed men were rare in Rainharbour.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
His dress was the dress which she herself had seen and examined.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
The girls' white dresses suited their fresh young faces.
"Not Like Other Girls" by Rosa N. Carey
When working in the kitchen the Scout should wear a clean, washable dress, or a washable apron which covers her dress.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
Her dress was blue, like the dress she had died in.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
Kitty, what dress are you going to wear at the festival to-night?
"A Bunch of Cherries" by L. T. Meade
That was she; with the very same dress, such a charming dress!
"Phoebe, Junior" by Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
When there is company, never attempt to dress any thing which you have not ascertained that you can do perfectly well.
"The Cook's Oracle; and Housekeeper's Manual" by William Kitchiner
The guests wear reception dresses or handsome street dresses.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke

In poetry:

And many women pass
Dressed in white,
As thoughts of noon pass
From sea to sea.
"Where My Sight Goes" by Yvor Winters
You in a white dress wandering into the night,
Singing ...
Shadows and light ...
"Shadows And Light" by Isobel Stone
I was gathering
Leaves of the Wakana
In springtime.
Why did the snow fall
On my dress?
"Green Food For A Queen" by Edward Powys Mathers
I only have one dress,
worn thin and faded,
but it will last an eternity
even before God, perhaps.
"Song Of The Orphan" by Rainer Maria Rilke
To-morrow will make it what hands cannot:
Limp and warm with babyness,
A hallowed thing,
A baby's dress.
"A Baby's Dress" by Hazel Hall
No flashy stranger in her house,
No gad-about they know.
The homely odour of your dress
Proclaims you as you go.
"Immortal Eve - IV" by Manmohan Ghose

In news:

Guys, you know you have to put on the dress shirt and tie to go to work but now you can be comfy in the britches (yes, I did just type britches), with the new Dress Pant Sweatpants .
But, what I do know is that this teacup piglet dressed in a pink dress is destined for superstardom.
It's Your New Year: 2012 NYE Parties for fancy people, poor people, Juggalo people, people who want to dress up , people who want to dress down + other kinds of people, too.
SoJO 104.9's upcoming spring bash at The Melting Pot in Atlantic City will have you ditching your little black dress for a little PINK dress.
Both were dressed to the nines with Kim, 31, beaming in a sleek black dress.
You want your wedding dress to fit perfectly, just like this Anne Barge dress available at www.yourdreamdress.com.
Wedding dresses line the racks on Wednesday at The Villager , a locally owned wedding dress shop on Broadway that has recently announced its closing.
One of course is dressing, should you dress classy.
Nicole Scherzinger, a former member of the Pussycat Dolls, stepped out this past week in a dress that gives social networking a new place on the map – the Twitter Dress.
From the red carpet to the streets, Hollywood's hottest stars were dressed to rock and shock on Tuesday – and RadarOnline.com has all the photos in our daily Best & Worst Dressed fashion feature.
These bridesmaids dresses from Leona by Lauren Leonard (Alberta One Shoulder Dress.
In Capitol Fashion Our best-dressed (and not-so-best-dressed) political women.
Wedding Dresses,Wedding Gowns,cheap Wedding Dresses, Bridal D. A forum for discussion of sports and sports collecting.
Voters have already determined the couple, the wedding dress and the bridesmaids ' dresses.
Wedding Dresses, Bridesmaid Dresses,Wedding Gowns,Bridal Dres.

In science:

Weinstein: Poisson Lie groups, dressing transformations and Bruhat decompositions, J.
Generalized Lie bialgebroids and Jacobi structures
The history (intermediate particles) will be used by the SHGs to decipher which combinations of particles should have their masses fixed and which particle decays should be “dressed” by the parton shower.
Generic User Process Interface for Event Generators
N |p > + Xλ=± λ (k)|p − k ; k(λ, c) > where |p > is a free quark state with momentum p, |ψp > is a dressed quark state, and |p − k ; k(λ, c) > is a state of a quark, of momentum p − k , and a gluon of momentum k , helicity λ and color c.
Parton Saturation-An Overview
The dressed energy is the thermal operator, with coupling zc − z ∼ (µc − µ)1−∆2,1 = (gc − g )1/3 , hence upon inversion we get a singularity of the free energy of the form given by gc − g ∼ (zc − z)2−α , with α = −1.
Critical and Tricritical Hard Objects on Bicolorable Random Lattices: Exact Solutions
Three transmitting paths through a system of three scatterers, showing no loops, one loop of length two, and the same loop of length two “dressed” by two loops of length one, respectively.
Modeling the propagation of a signal through a layered nanostructure: Connections between the statistical properties of waves and random walks