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 drapeability (audio) \ noun
drapable or less commonly drapeable \ ˈdrā-​pə-​bəl How to pronounce drapeable (audio) \ adjective

Noun

drapey \ ˈdrā-​pē How to pronounce drapey (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 Branches of eucalyptus and bay add fragrance and provide a draping visual effect. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Roses Are Dead, Violets Are Too: Here’s a Better Way to Bouquet," 12 Feb. 2020 The design will include elements of biophilia: a green wall, draping plants and a network of custom planters throughout the property. Nancy Sarnoff, Houston Chronicle, "Montrose mixed-use development breaks ground," 10 Feb. 2020 Her office door was festooned in inspirational messages on Sticky Notes, with a huge banner signed by well-wishers draping its entrance. Corbett Smith, Dallas News, "Called by her faith, Arlington principal donates kidney to parent of three of her school’s students," 4 Feb. 2020 Wide receiver David Tyree jumped up and pinned the ball against his helmet, managing to hold on and avoid letting the ball touch the ground even as Patriots safety Rodney Harrison was draped all over him. Jordan Freiman, CBS News, "Eli Manning, Giants quarterback and two-time Super Bowl-winner, retiring after 16 seasons," 22 Jan. 2020 Florida is already facing a scourge of unique environmental pests, between the Burmese pythons swallowing up the Everglades and the Kudzu vines draping many swamplands. Sara Kiley Watson, Popular Science, "This harpoon-throwing robot is designed to hunt destructive lionfish," 17 Jan. 2020 Curious, then, that in lieu of costumes the filmmakers would choose to drape the performers’ bodies in layers of unsightly and expensive motion-capture computer graphics. Daniel Drake, The New York Review of Books, "The Slog Comes in on Little Cat Feet," 4 Jan. 2020 Arrange the slices in a single layer in shallow pans or baking dishes and drape a clean dishtowel over the top. Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, "How to Reheat Turkey the Best Way so It Stays Tender," 14 Nov. 2019 Police deputies found Knight dead with an American flag draped over him. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "Florida man allegedly stabs and kills pro-Trump boss after political argument," 21 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There even appeared to be a brush with her Midsommar-esque floral drape. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "Established Awards Show Hero Leonardo DiCaprio Cooperatively Singing With Janelle Monae at the 2020 Oscars Was Everything," 10 Feb. 2020 When the drapes are closed, not even the teeniest sliver of sunlight can penetrate. Lauren Decarlo, Condé Nast Traveler, "Rosewood Little Dix Bay: First In," 13 Jan. 2020 In operating rooms around the country, the part that’s cut away is just trash, to be carted off along with bloodied drapes and plastic suction tips and other surgical tools that aren’t reused. Eric Boodman, STAT, "Families are reeling after FDA rejects therapy for kids born without a thymus gland," 6 Dec. 2019 His interior designer envisioned grasscloth wallpaper and new hardware, among other high-end upgrades, along with refreshing the carpet and drapes and completing basic repairs to aging woodwork. Daniela Altimari, courant.com, "When it comes to giving at the office, Gov. Lamont is writing checks — and not taking a salary," 7 July 2019 The medical-supply industry relies on surgical gloves, drapes and underpads from China. Katy Stech Ferek, WSJ, "Medical-Supplies Companies Object to Proposed New Tariffs," 26 June 2019 So, what are the differences between drapes and curtains? Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Drapes or Curtains? Why Choosing the Right Window Treatment Matters," 27 Mar. 2019 The Cinderella transformation involved raising ceilings, unblocking windows, erecting a wall of wine, putting in a skylight, tinting some of the wood floors blue and hanging thick drapes around the perimeters. Washington Post, "Brasserie Liberté adds some French twists to Georgetown," 15 Jan. 2020 While others might be tempted to overwhelm with holiday garland, the drape-less, tall windows in the conservatory share one grapevine wreath and chandeliers are dressed simply with sprigs of holly and red berries. oregonlive, "Oregon families celebrate the holidays at home with well-loved traditions," 18 Dec. 2019

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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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The first known use of drape was in 1847

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Last Updated

17 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Drape.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drape. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for drape

drape

verb
How to pronounce drape (audio)

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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