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

In addition to first responders, the parade also featured vintage cars draped in patriotic imagery. Andy Nguyen, Glendale News-Press, "Crescenta Valley parade honoring 9/11 victims rolls into its seventh year," 11 Sep. 2019 Atop lush tables draped in brocade accented by green, gold and blue tableware, McCalls served (yet another) masterful gala meal: lobster and heirloom tomato salad, filet mignon and Limoncello meringue tart. Catherine Bigelow, SFChronicle.com, "Symphony & Opera galas pull out all the stops with over-the-top spectacle," 9 Sep. 2019 When a 1960s-era Callas walked onstage, draped in a creamy white gown, some in the audience gasped, as if the Great One indeed had materialized before our eyes. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Opera reviews: Maria Callas as hologram; Lyric Opera stars at Millennium Park," 8 Sep. 2019 The real Venice, with its ancient walls draped in honeysuckle and jasmine, is quiet, mysterious, and glamorous. Andrea Whittle, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Locals' Guide to Venice," 4 Sep. 2019 Back then, the critiques largely focused on his use of nationalist imagery, including performing draped in a Union Jack, that were associated with the country’s far-right. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "Bigmouth strikes again: Morrissey’s racist rhetoric inspires boycott ahead of Merriweather Post Pavilion show," 4 Sep. 2019 The duo met in the clubhouse, played catch, shagged fly balls, tossed souvenirs over the Green Monster, the famous wall at Fenway Park, and Henry, draped in an oversized Orioles T-shirt, even got a chance to talk during the Orioles pregame show. Fox News, "MLB's Chris Davis connects with young fan who helped end player's record hitless streak," 19 Aug. 2019 For now, church leaders have draped black fabric over the plaques commemorating Howard and Johns. Jonathan Pitts, baltimoresun.com, "In slavery, her family was owned by his. Now they attend a Baltimore church seeking to atone for its past.," 12 Sep. 2019 That said, there is no living poor with style in The Americans; there is only realness, illuminating and shadow-draped all at once. Jason Heller, The Atlantic, "Robert Frank, the Iconoclastic Image-Maker," 11 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Lady Liberty, standing strong while flames lick the drapes of her tunic. Lynn Ischay, cleveland.com, "A poignant teardrop: September 11 memorialized on vehicles with paint and passion," 11 Sep. 2019 Traditionally, female seniors at the high school in Springville northwest of Birmingham wear a V-neck, black- velvet drape for their portraits. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, "Alabama girl wore tux for senior portrait. Her school yearbook left her picture out.," 17 Aug. 2019 Her clothing drapes over her body, concealing much of her skin. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "How Hustlers Captured the Excesses of Pre-Recession Fashion," 17 Sep. 2019 For Ma, use wire to secure another stake across neck for shoulders; drape shawl over shoulders. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "Ma and Pa Pumpkins," 9 Sep. 2019 According to Good Housekeeping Textile Director, Carolyn Forte, blinds and shades also are generally easier to care for than curtains or drapes. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "Our Favorite Custom Blinds and Shades Are 50% Off Right Now," 5 Sep. 2019 Her image is on hotel drapes and her name is emblazoned on water bottles. USA Today, "Were Wanda Tucker’s ancestors America’s first slaves? A difficult search for answers in far-away Angola," 22 Aug. 2019 The stiff silhouettes and geometric lines of the denim flow into softer drapes and open pleats that suggest letting go of excessive control. Sara Radin, Teen Vogue, "Recent SCAD Grads and Fashion Designers Brandon Skipper, Linden Grace Colby, Haley Emerson, and Darren Apolonio Discuss The Current State of Fashion," 3 July 2019 Photographs and testimony provided during the bench trial revealed that plastic material used to secure the drapes and keep the boy’s eyes closed had melted to his face. Mike Carter, The Seattle Times, "$12.3M payout for infant burned in Madigan operating-room fire delayed as feds consider appeal," 15 Aug. 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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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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