• Detail of the Princess Dresser
    Detail of the Princess Dresser
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dresser furniture with drawers for keeping clothes
    • n dresser a cabinet with shelves
    • n dresser low table with mirror or mirrors where one sits while dressing or applying makeup
    • n dresser a wardrobe assistant for an actor
    • n dresser a person who dresses in a particular way "she's an elegant dresser","he's a meticulous dresser"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

48. Vine Dresser Moth 48. Vine Dresser Moth
47. Vine Dresser and Chrysalis 47. Vine Dresser and Chrysalis

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • dresser A cupboard or set of shelves to receive dishes and cooking utensils.
    • dresser (Mining) A kind of pick for shaping large coal.
    • n Dresser A piece of chamber furniture consisting of a chest of drawers, or bureau, with a mirror.
    • dresser A table or bench on which meat and other things are dressed, or prepared for use.
    • dresser An assistant in a hospital, whose office it is to dress wounds, sores, etc.
    • dresser One who dresses; one who put in order or makes ready for use; one who on clothes or ornaments.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dresser One who dresses; one who is employed in preparing, trimming, or adjusting something.
    • n dresser Specifically— A hospital assistant whose office it is to dress wounds, ulcers, etc.
    • n dresser One who is employed in clothing and adorning others, as in a theater.
    • n dresser In type-founding, a workman who dresses types arranged in rows, removes their defects, and prepares them for sale.
    • n dresser A tool, apparatus, or power-machine for cutting and dressing the furrows on the face of a millstone. The simplest of the tools used for this purpose is a pick or light hammer having one or more sharp steel points; a block of emery or corundum, provided with a handle, and having a sharp cutting edge, is also used. In more complicated apparatus, a pick or other similar tool is supported on a frame that travels over the face of the stone. In some cases the stone is set up on edge, as in a lathe; in others it is placed horizontally in the machine under a revolving cutter, which travels on a fixed arm radial to the stone, the stone revolving beneath it.
    • n dresser A machine for splitting geological specimens. It consists of a strong frame with a pair of chisels, one fixed and the other controlled by a powerful lever. The mineral, fossil, or other material is placed between the chisels and split by pressure.
    • n dresser A miners' pick.
    • n dresser A plumbers' mallet used for closing joints in sheet-lead.
    • n dresser A table, sideboard, or bench on which meat and other things are dressed or prepared for use.
    • n dresser A cupboard or set of shelves for dishes and cooking utensils.
    • n dresser A mandrel having a round top face, used by blacksmiths in forging the forked ends of connecting-rods.
    • n dresser A dressing- or toilet-table.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Dresser one who dresses: a medical student who dresses wounds: a table on which meat is dressed or prepared for use: a kind of kitchen sideboard with rows of shelves for plates, dishes, &c
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. dressoir,. See Dress (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. dresser, to prepare—L. dirigĕre, directum, to direct.


In literature:

Rand knotted the muslin in front, put on his green riding-coat, and took from the dresser his watch and seals.
"Lewis Rand" by Mary Johnston
From this comes our word "dresser" for the kitchen shelves.
"Furnishing the Home of Good Taste" by Lucy Abbot Throop
Later, while he stood at his dresser constructing an immaculate knot in his white tie, Nina knocked.
"The Younger Set" by Robert W. Chambers
For the time being, she forgot all about the two letters in her handbag that lay on her dresser.
"Campfire Girls in the Allegheny Mountains" by Stella M. Francis
In his dresser's opinion the actor was a man likely to keep his word.
"A Book of the Play" by Dutton Cook
Would she be kind enough to give Mrs. Balfour the name of her hair-dresser?
"Sevenoaks" by J. G. Holland
Taking a basket from a peg, and a bowl from the dresser, he went out into the fields.
"Prince Lazybones and Other Stories" by Mrs. W. J. Hays
You should have seen my hair-dresser's face when I told her to do it up.
"The Quest of the Silver Fleece" by W. E. B. Du Bois
It was large and wainscoted, and furnished with an ample dresser.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)" by John Roby
Marie, go to the telephone, and call up Blandeaux, and tell him to send up a hair-dresser at once.
"The Girl from Montana" by Grace Livingston Hill

In poetry:

The wannut logs shot sparkles out
Towards the pootiest, bless her!
An' leetle fires danced all about
The chlny on the dresser.
"High-Worthy Mister!" by James Russell Lowell
The wa'nut logs shot sparkles out
Towards the pootiest, bless her,
An' leetle flames danced all about
The chiny on the dresser.
"The Courtin'" by James Russell Lowell
She laid a hand on the dresser-ledge,
And scanned far Egdon-side;
And stood; and you heard the wind-swept sedge
And the rippling Froom; till she cried:
"The Slow Nature" by Thomas Hardy
If thou'rt a vine-dresser, thy vineyard till,
And from the plants prune ev'ry useless shoot,
Their roots, their trunks, their branches, dress with skill,
Lest they shou'd all be fell'd, for want of fruit.
"The Duty Of Clergymen" by Rees Prichard
"The ebomminable Englishmen, the Parsing and his Clark,
His Holiness's Air-dresser devised it in the dark!
And I would recommend you in prison for to throw
These villians would esassinate the Holy POPE PIO?
"A Woeful New Ballad Of The Protestant Conspiracy To Take The Pope’s Life" by William Makepeace Thackeray
That sackreligious Air-dresser, the Parson and his man
Wouldn't, though ask'd continyally, own their wicked plan—
And so the kind Authoraties let those villians go
That was plotting of the murder of the good PIO NONO.
"A Woeful New Ballad Of The Protestant Conspiracy To Take The Pope’s Life" by William Makepeace Thackeray

In news:

(AP) — Authorities on Wednesday were investigating the death of a 6-year-old girl whose father is in prison for chaining her to a dresser last year in northwest Arkansas.
Joel Sircus '14, who served with Dresser this year as a UOFC board member, said Dresser 's ability to maintain enthusiasm for a large number of activities simultaneously would serve him well as UOFC chair.
Poster art transforms a dresser .
How to turn a plain dresser into a showcase for an art poster.
Dresser -Rand is expanding its Turbine Technology Services facility in Houston, Texas, to include a center of excellence for F-class rotor repair.
DUNCAN — Shayna Fern Spivey and Jerry Lee James Dresser , both of Duncan, exchanged wedding vows at 6:30 pm Sept 10, 2011, in an outside ceremony at the home of the bride's grandparents in Duncan.
O'verlays by Danika and Cheyle are basically PVC foam composites that you place on dressers and then paint however you want.
How many clues does one need to give an overly sexy dresser .
Eighty-five percent of Dresser 's revenue is from energy customers, and it has developed a large i...
Put shelves in a closet rather than using a dresser .
With clever thought about your specific needs, you can obviate the need for a dresser and make the room more attractive.
Eighty-five percent of Dresser 's revenue is from energy customers, and it has developed a l...
Crisp white dressers , in a nod to the store's name, will be brought in to help show off shirts, hats and shoes.
Bed, 2 dressers, round kit.
The international award-winning hair dresser and fashion designer will be showcasing his work entitled CatWalk exotic hair art and fashion show.

In science:

QED corrections in the three QED dressers are treated according to different theoretical methods, whereas QCD corrections are common to a large extent in all the codes.
Precision Physics at LEP