drape

verb
\ ˈdrāp \
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 \ noun
drapable or less commonly drapeable \ ˈdrā-​pə-​bəl \ adjective

Noun

drapey \ ˈdrā-​pē \ 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

The The Favourite actress stepped out in a pale pink Louis Vuitton Atelier gown filled with silver beads that were draped in a way that resembled fish scales. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Emma Stone's Nude Golden Globes Dress Has the Internet Stunned," 7 Jan. 2019 The Union Jack was draped over Jean Briggs Watters' casket during her burial Monday, the Omaha World-Herald reported. Fox News, "WWII code breaker buried in Nebraska with UK military honors," 25 Sep. 2018 Rental cottages and vacation homes are also spread across the property, which is draped by Spanish moss and that is lighted by flickering gas lamps. New York Times, "Close to Nature (and a Nice Pool) in South Carolina," 19 May 2018 Other than the bike and a few clothing items that had been draped over it, everything was there. Leah Garchik, San Francisco Chronicle, "Dash-cam saves the day for visiting artist who got ripped off," 15 May 2018 To finish the drink, three red spray roses, a sprig of mint and one rose petal from the garland that is draped around the neck of the winning Derby horse will be added to each $1,000 and $2,500 mint julep this Saturday at Churchill Downs. Lyndsey Matthews, Town & Country, "What Goes into Making Woodford Reserve's $1,000 Mint Julep for the Kentucky Derby," 3 May 2018 Cyrus chose an ivory silk satin corseted draped gown by Vivienne Westwood. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Miley Cyrus Stuns in a Vivienne Westwood Wedding Dress as She Dances to 'Uptown Funk'," 27 Dec. 2018 As the graphene drapes over the round edges of the dots, lines of strain begin to emerge. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "It Just Got Easier to Make Hordes of Blood Cell-Sized Robots All at Once," 23 Oct. 2018 The designers say they were inspired by Max Klinger’s famous statue of Beethoven, in which a piece of fabric carved from marble is draped across the musician’s legs. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "This red brick facade looks like a rippling piece of fabric," 19 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Curtain Call The firm’s private offices temper the transparency of glass walls and doors with Knoll drapes, whose soft, floor-sweeping lamb’s wool feels more residential in character than shades would. Tim Gavan, WSJ, "New Corporate-Office Design: No Ping-Pong, But Not Uptight," 31 Aug. 2018 Luxury Afternoon Tea at Tîng, Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard Forget cozy, genteel parlors, all heavy drapes and nostalgia for the England of yesterday. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Places for Afternoon Tea in London," 3 Mar. 2018 But a new exhibition in San Francisco shows that the covering used by some Muslim women can be a bright yellow head wrap or a loose drape of rose; a black silk and lace scarf by Dolce & Gabbana; or a hood attached to an extra-long girls' dress. Fox News, "San Francisco museum shows off modern Muslim women's fashion," 21 Sep. 2018 Though her right hand is totally hidden beneath, her left drapes down, with her engagement ring catching the eye of even those who don’t know to look for it. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Hailey Baldwin Shows Off Her Engagement Ring On the Cover of Vogue Mexico," 24 Aug. 2018 The new-and-improved landmark will feature acoustic drapes and stage risers to enhance the sound in accordance with different types of performances, reports Condé Nast Traveler. Devin Alessio, ELLE Decor, "The Sydney Opera House Is Getting A Major Makeover," 22 Aug. 2016 Some may go to bat for the other cotton standard, sateen, which has a more open weave—one thread over four—and a heavier drape. Kelsey Keith, Curbed, "My holy grail bed sheets—that friends also love," 23 Aug. 2018 For a finishing flourish, Vanessa installed cute-as-a-button white polka-dot drapes. Alexandra Mitchell, Country Living, "A Family Room Makeover Where the Before Is Just as Lovely as the After," 11 May 2015 The drapes were drawn, the room lit only by the ambient glare of fluorescent tubes. Katrine Jo Andersen, The New Republic, "Rejected by A.A.," 27 June 2018

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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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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 \
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 \
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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