• Stone-cutters Finishing the Dressing of Limestone Blocks
    Stone-cutters Finishing the Dressing of Limestone Blocks
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dressing the act of applying a bandage
    • n dressing the activity of getting dressed; putting on clothes
    • n dressing processes in the conversion of rough hides into leather
    • n dressing a cloth covering for a wound or sore
    • n dressing making fertile as by applying fertilizer or manure
    • n dressing a mixture of seasoned ingredients used to stuff meats and vegetables
    • n dressing savory dressings for salads; basically of two kinds: either the thin French or vinaigrette type or the creamy mayonnaise type
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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
    • Dressing (Cookery) A preparation, such as a sauce, to flavor food for eating; a condiment; as, a dressing for salad.
    • Dressing (Surg) An application (a remedy, bandage, etc.) to cover a sore or wound.
    • Dressing An ornamental finish, as a molding around doors, windows, or on a ceiling, etc.
    • Dressing Castigation; scolding; -- often with down.
    • Dressing Dress; raiment; especially, ornamental habiliment or attire.
    • Dressing Gum, starch, and the like, used in stiffening or finishing silk, linen, and other fabrics.
    • Dressing Manure or compost over land. When it remains on the surface, it is called a top-dressing.
    • Dressing (Cookery) The stuffing of fowls, pigs, etc.; forcemeat.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: During the 1600's, boys and girls in England wore dresses until they were about seven years old.
    • n dressing The act of one who dresses; the act or process of adjusting, preparing, trimming, finishing, etc., in any sense of the verb dress. Specifically, in metallurgy, the mechanical treatment which an ore receives after being brought to the surface; concentration. This is almost always done in water, and with the aid of suitable machinery. (See cob, jig, buddle.) The dressing of an ore, or the mechanical treatment, necessarily precedes the smelting, or chemical treatment. In the former it is chiefly the difference in specific gravity between the metalliferous portion of the vein and the veinstone itself of which advantage is taken for effecting a separation. In the chemical treatment the result depends on the various reactions which the substances present have with one another when exposed to a high temperature or smelted.
    • n dressing That which is used in dressing or preparing anything, as for use or ornament. Specifically— In medicine and surgery, the remedy or apparatus applied to a wound or sore, etc.
    • n dressing A thrashing; a flogging or beating; a reprimand or scolding.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: 51% of adults dress up for a Halloween festivity.
    • ns Dressing dress or clothes: manure given to land: matter used to give stiffness and gloss to cloth: the sauce, &c., used in preparing a dish for the table, stuffing, &c.: the bandage, &c., applied to a sore: an ornamental moulding: a thrashing
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  • Beau Brummel
    Beau Brummel
    “If people turn to look at you on the street, you are not well dressed.”
  • 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.”
  • Lin Yu-tang
    Lin Yu-tang
    “All women's dresses are merely variations on the eternal struggle between the admitted desire to dress and the unadmitted desire to undress.”
  • Proverb
    “How to dress? When the money is going from you wear anything you like. When the money is coming to you, dress your best.”


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.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. dresser, to prepare—L. dirigĕre, directum, to direct.


In literature:

"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
I set the dressing-table on fire by spilling matches and crunching them beneath my heels.
"About Peggy Saville" by Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey
Rosina wished a dress, Marietta asked him for a shawl, but Zelinda was satisfied with a handsome rose.
"Italian Popular Tales" by Thomas Frederick Crane
Everybody dresses so much more in the city.
"A Little Girl in Old New York" by Amanda Millie Douglas
We could get the Peter Thompsons there, and my evening dresses and slippers and things.
"Blue Bonnet in Boston" by Caroline E. Jacobs
It is used chiefly in the manufacture of dress goods.
"Textiles" by William H. Dooley
This is the first really decent dress I've ever had in my life.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
Timothy's dress was a pair of wide Turkish trowsers and red jacket, with spangles.
"Japhet in Search of a Father" by Frederick Marryat
So I picked myself meekly up, shook the sand from my dress, and followed my good aunt dutifully home.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1902 to 1903" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Carry never sewed on pretty dresses for herself, for the simple reason that she never had any pretty dresses.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908" by Lucy Maud Montgomery

In poetry:

Had I the pinions of a dove,
I'd climb the heav'nly road;
There sits my Savior dressed in love,
And there my smiling God.
"Hymn 10" by Isaac Watts
We shall appear before the throne
Of our forgiving God,
Dressed in the garments of his Son,
And sprinkled with his blood.
"Hymn 24" by Isaac Watts
An inborn charm of graciousness
Made sweet her smile and tone,
And glorified her farm-wife dress
With beauty not its own.
"The Friend’s Burial" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The healing of His seamless dress
Is by our beds of pain;
We touch Him in life's throng and press,
And we are whole again.
"Our Master" by John Greenleaf Whittier
My boy beside me tripped, so slim
And graceful in his rustic dress!
And, as we talked, I questioned him,
In very idleness.
"Anecdote For Fathers" by William Wordsworth
"My maids, gae to my dressing-room,
And dress to me my smock;
The one half is o the holland fine,
The other o needle-work."
"Lord Thomas And Fair Annet" by Andrew Lang

In news:

A ubiquitous day-to-evening dress, sheath dresses have been popular since Jackie Onassis and are a favorite of the current first lady, Michelle Obama.
Emily Blunt mastered the art of Russian dressing, showing up at The Wolfman premiere in Moscow looking gorgeous in a winter white corseted dress and tailored jacket.
"If you walk into a room and people say, 'What a marvelous dress,' you are badly dressed," the designer told the photographer.
Donate dresses to Hudson Bay ’s National Honor Society’s Prom Dress Drive.
AnnaLynne McCord Looking Fuller In A Red Keyhole Dress AnnaLynne busting out of her revealing dress on the set of 90210.
A proposed amendment to the dress code would have required Newport News students to wear shorts, skirts or dresses that fall to at least the knee.
Courtney Stodden dresses as a sexy school girl for halloween while her husband Doug Hutchison dresses as Courtney herself.
The Birmingham News Tiffany Denson has been making her all-natural salad dressings, T. Lish salad dressing since 2006.
There it was, the Marilyn Monroe-esque cover of Dressed to Perfection: The Art of Dressing for Your Red Carpet Moments, filling Nasdaq's.
This was the sort of "peasant life" that Marie-Antoinette played at with her female friends in the petit hameau, when they dressed in simple gauze dresses tied around the waist with satin ribbons.
Save on the Maxi Dress for Summer with a Summer Dress Sale.
You can dress them up, dress them down and layer them.
SPARKLE Costume Designer Ruth E Carter made the risky choice of dressing Sparkle 's stars in sparkly dresses.
The Carrickmacross lace-making technique used on Kate's wedding dress also featured on Diana, Princess of Wales's wedding dress .
Some schools have dress code s for students, but starting next year public schools in Janesville will start enforcing dress code s for teachers.

In science:

For given x ∈ M , r ∈ R+ , we call B≤r (x) := {y ∈ M | d(x, y ) ≤ r} the dressed ball with center x and radius r.
The wave equation on static singular space-times
Following standard ultrametric literature (cf. ), nested sequences of dressed balls might have empty intersection.
The wave equation on static singular space-times
To check this, let Bi := B≤ri (xi ) be a nested sequence of dressed balls in Cp with empty intersection.
The wave equation on static singular space-times
In order to avoid confusion we henceforth denote closed balls in K by B≤r (x) in distinction with dressed balls in eK which we denote by eB≤r (x).
The wave equation on static singular space-times
Note, that every dressed ball admits an euclidean model: let (xε )ε be a representative of x and define (Cε )ε by Cε := 1 for each ε ∈ I ; then B≤Cε ερ (xε ) yields determines an euclidean model of eB≤r (x).
The wave equation on static singular space-times