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

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On the body, cinched around the rib cage with an obi, the kimono becomes three-dimensional, a column; through gathering and draping, a range of age-old silhouettes are possible. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "‘Kimono Refashioned: 1870s-Now!’ Review: Unfolding a Garment’s Long History," 16 Oct. 2018 In the afternoon sun, the group takes cover under the trees that drape over an alley on Sheriff Road in Northeast Washington. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "Tensions rise between D.C. police, group that gathers in Northeast neighborhood," 28 June 2018 The veil of suspicion that drapes over the lives of males of color would have to be extended to white males, as well. Solomon Jones, Philly.com, "Let's face facts: School shootings are inextricably linked to white male privilege | Solomon Jones," 23 May 2018 Like the ever-present crocheted blanket that drapes the couch, the Conners are still struggling to make ends meet when viewers catch up with them. Yvonne Villarreal, latimes.com, "Sara Gilbert: The spark that ignited the return of 'Roseanne'," 22 May 2018 The spinach emulsifies with the cilantro and oil to create an incredibly silky sauce that drapes over the pasta. Andy Baraghani, Bon Appetit, "Miso Pesto Is the Velvety, Veg-Packed Sauce Your Pasta NEEDS Tonight," 21 Feb. 2018 There are three spaces—the small front bar (so unpretentious there’s sometimes a clothes horse draped with drying bar mats in the corner), the main room with a stage styled like a saloon, and an epic beer garden. Carrie Hutchinson, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Venues & Places for Live Music in Melbourne," 10 Sep. 2018 The beds in the guest room are covered with blankets by Andrianna Shamaris and draped with mosquito netting. Zander Abranowicz, ELLE Decor, "A Modern Take on Greek Island Living in Serifos," 2 July 2018 But now, coasting through an enchanted landscape, under overspreading branches draped with Spanish moss, their reverie turned otherworldly. Jenna Russell, BostonGlobe.com, "There is magic in those Jekyll Island oaks," 21 June 2018

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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 From left: a wallpaper-ish wonderland at Dries Van Noten; Chloé’s seductive mix; swirls echoing a dress’s drape at Givenchy; Louis Vuitton’s blown out houndstooth. Rebecca Malinsky And Rory Satran, WSJ, "A Complete Guide to Fall’s Best Women’s Fashion Trends," 9 Mar. 2018 Window treatments are the answer: Blinds, shades, drapes, sheer curtains, or a combination is a necessity for your windows. Jennifer Adams, Philly.com, "Ask Jennifer Adams: How to balance outside views and privacy with window treatments," 1 June 2018 Also, one accent wall painted buttery yellow and long, sheer drapes across the windows. Ellen Mccarthy, ajc, "Top bunk for $30 a day: Life inside one of Airbnb's modern boarding houses," 8 May 2018 Often on the edge of a drape in a museum or something, the tassel is a punctuation that is in disarray. Maggie Lange, The Cut, "Some Thoughts on the Tassel Earring," 28 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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