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

But the plaintive notes of gospel music drifting from speakers and the black bunting draped over a balcony of the building at the center of the activities indicated a more sombre occasion. Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker, "William Barber Takes on Poverty and Race in the Age of Trump," 7 May 2018 My thoughts turn to my friends whose coffins were draped in our flag. Katy Bergen, kansascity, "Public art or defaced flag? KU art series draws ire from governor, other politicians," 11 July 2018 Star Vasha squeezes into a shimmering yellow gown, wrists draped in strings of pearls. NBC News, "On stage, Russian drag stars leave fears behind," 10 July 2018 Her friends stood beside her draped in the Belgium flag and started chanting the country’s name up until the first score of the game, which came in the 55th minute when Samuel Umtiti, a center back, put France up with a header. Sarah Ravani, SFChronicle.com, "French connection: Fans flock to San Francisco’s World Cup watch party," 10 July 2018 The Review-Journal reports that Harrison’s casket was draped in an American flag due to his two decades in the Navy. Michele Corriston, PEOPLE.com, "Pawn Stars' Richard 'Old Man' Harrison Laid to Rest at Las Vegas Funeral," 2 July 2018 In Brazil — which still hasn’t quite gotten over Germany’s 7-1 humiliation of the home team during the 2014 World Cup semifinals — several maniacs staged a mock funeral for Germany, parading down a street with caskets draped in the German flag. Sean Gregory, Time, "32 Teams Entered, 16 Remain. Your Ultimate Guide to the World Cup Knockout Stage," 29 June 2018 The foyer smoothly enters the main living room where two windows, sitting on either side of his three-seater couch, are draped in light beige curtains. Louisville Courier Journal, The Courier-Journal, "Blast from the past: This Glenmary home is a collector's paradise," 28 June 2018 The family of Guzman-Feliz sat just feet away from his coffin draped in white. CBS News, "Slaying of Bronx teen highlights NYPD efforts to curb gang violence," 28 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Close your drapes, blinds or curtains during the hottest part of the day to keep the sun’s rays from bringing in too much heat. For Lg&e Ku, The Courier-Journal, "Check out these no-fuss ways to save energy and money this summer.," 26 June 2018 At the end of a cul-de-sac, our home looked down the street at all the others — big, unfamiliar houses with heavy drapes and closed doors. Deborah Mead, BostonGlobe.com, "When you’re not so outgoing, you need the befriender types," 20 Apr. 2018 More modern features include motorized drapes, security cameras, a commercial elevator, solar panels and heated floors. Lauren Beale, latimes.com, "Actress Juliette Cummins lists her party palace in Hollywood Hills West," 25 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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