drape

verb
\ ˈdrāp How to pronounce drape (audio) \
draped; draping

Definition of drape

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cover or adorn with or as if with folds of cloth
2 : to cause to hang or stretch out loosely or carelessly
3 : to arrange in flowing lines or folds

intransitive verb

: to become arranged in folds this silk drapes beautifully

drape

noun

Definition of drape (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : arrangement in or of folds
2a : a drapery especially for a window : curtain
b : a sterile covering used in an operating room usually used in plural
3 : the cut or hang of clothing

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Other Words from drape

Verb

drapability or less commonly drapeability \ ˌdrā-​pə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce drape (audio) \ noun
drapable or less commonly drapeable \ ˈdrā-​pə-​bəl How to pronounce drape (audio) \ adjective

Noun

drapey \ ˈdrā-​pē How to pronounce drape (audio) \ adjective

Examples of drape in a Sentence

Verb We'll drape strings of lights between the trees for the party. a trophy wife who invariably appears at events draped in furs and diamonds
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This one by Fluker’s easily attaches to the side of the enclosure and can drape across the floor. Kala Herh, NBC News, "18 best gifts for dogs, cats and other pets 2021," 11 Apr. 2021 Big sycamore trees drape the stream with oaks and pines filling the canyon. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, "Road trip inspiration: Here are 7 things you don't want to miss in southern Arizona," 7 Apr. 2021 Gently drape the second crust over the filling, trimming away any excess and sealing and crimping the edges. Washington Post, "A crispy phyllo topping makes this chicken pot pie a quick and easy weeknight meal," 9 Mar. 2021 Tie one end of the string to the hoop and begin looping the strand over and under the hoop, allowing space between the beads to drape over the hoop and creating a series of intertwining swags. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, "How to Make a Wood Bead Chandelier for Under $100," 22 Mar. 2021 Farming is a main source of local income for the mostly Indigenous population, many of whom speak a Mayan language, but the fields of wheat, corn and potatoes that drape the nearby hillsides can only generate so much work. New York Times, "A Violent End to a Desperate Dream Leaves a Guatemalan Town Grieving," 21 Mar. 2021 Snap the canvas flap onto the canoe and drape it over your gun. Ryan Chelius, Field & Stream, "How to Make a DIY Gun Rack for a Duck-Hunting Canoe," 18 Feb. 2021 The goal of vaccination isn’t just to protect the individual who receives it but also to drape a fire blanket over a large enough portion of the population that the fire begins running out of fuel. Emily Baumgaertner, Anchorage Daily News, "Can COVID-19 vaccines get us to herd immunity? ‘The jury is definitely still out’," 27 Dec. 2020 Arrange the slices in a single layer in a shallow pan or baking dish and drape a clean dish towel over the top. Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, "How To Reheat Turkey: The Best Way To Keep It Juicy," 13 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Spend enough time at home — as many of us have over the past year — and the sight of a solid, neutral-toned couch, drape or bed might start to feel a bit wanting, especially at the start of an optimistic new season. New York Times, "Playful Patterned Fabrics to Lift the Spirits," 23 Mar. 2021 Oh, so much mullet hate and so many deliciously derisive mullet insults: The ape drape. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonians are embracing the COVID mullet trend. Yep, mullets are back. And they're spectacular.," 15 Mar. 2021 The effortlessly elegant drape doesn’t hurt either. Claire Stern, Vogue, "Trust Us, These Are the 15 Best Oversized Tees to Shop Now," 12 Mar. 2021 In this way tiles depict the contours of a face, follow the curving strands of hair, and bring a naturalistic drape to a bedsheet held up by a nurse behind a reclining patient. New York Times, "The Union Moved. The Beloved Mosaic Mural Couldn’t.," 23 Feb. 2021 If these are smaller, plant covers that drape to the ground would likely be all that is need for protection should a freeze occur. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, "Install bougainvilleas now, unless there is a freeze risk," 26 Dec. 2020 Jail security camera footage showed she was covered with a drape and deputies placed a spit mask over her head, Fox 31 reported. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, "Colorado grandmother gets $2.4M after being wrongly arrested while naked," 23 Dec. 2020 Just drape sheets over living room chairs and fill it up with your softest blankets. Michelle Stansbury, Marie Claire, "At-Home New Year's Eve Party Ideas That Are Still Fabulous," 16 Dec. 2020 For example, county officials suggest schools work with a student’s parents to use a mask alternative, such as a face shield with a drape or a plexiglass barrier between the student and teacher. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Parents say San Diego Unified mask policy discriminates against students with disabilities," 12 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of drape

Verb

1847, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1889, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for drape

Verb

probably back-formation from drapery

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Last Updated

14 Apr 2021

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“Drape.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drape. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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More Definitions for drape

drape

verb

English Language Learners Definition of drape

: to loosely place or hang (something)
of cloth : to hang in a pleasing way
: to cover (someone or something) with a cloth

drape

verb
\ ˈdrāp How to pronounce drape (audio) \
draped; draping

Kids Definition of drape

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to decorate or cover with or as if with folds of cloth
2 : to arrange or hang in flowing lines The veil draped over her head.

drape

noun
plural drapes

Kids Definition of drape (Entry 2 of 2)

\ ˈdrāp How to pronounce drape (audio) \
draped; draping

Medical Definition of drape

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to shroud or enclose with surgical drapes

drape

noun

Medical Definition of drape (Entry 2 of 2)

: a sterile covering used in an operating room usually used in plural

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