Dress

Definition of Dress

Pronunciation: drĕs
v. t.1.To direct; to put right or straight; to regulate; to order.
[imp. & p. p. Dressed (drĕst) or Drest; p. pr. & vb. n. Dressing.]
At all times thou shalt bless God and pray Him to dress thy ways.
- Chaucer.
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.
Dressing their hair with the white sea flower.
- Tennyson
If he felt obliged to expostulate, he might have dressed his censures in a kinder form.
- Carlyle.
5.To cut to proper dimensions, or give proper shape to, as to a tool by hammering; also, to smooth or finish.
6.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.
Dressed myself in such humility.
- Shak.
Prove that ever Idress myself handsome till thy return.
- Shak.
7.To break and train for use, as a horse or other animal.
To dress up
to dress elaborately, artificially, or pompously.
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.
- Addison.
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!
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 flaunt, to dress, to dance, to thrum.
- Tennyson
To dress to the right
(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.
n.1.That which is used as the covering or ornament of the body; clothes; garments; habit; apparel.
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.
Dress parade
(Mil.) a parade in full uniform for review.

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