dressing

noun
dress·​ing | \ ˈdre-siŋ \

Definition of dressing

1a : the act or process of one who dresses
b : an instance of such act or process
2a : a sauce for adding to a dish (such as a salad)
b : a seasoned mixture usually used as a stuffing (as for poultry)
3a : material (such as ointment or gauze) applied to cover a lesion or wound
b : fertilizing material (such as manure or compost)

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Synonyms for dressing

Synonyms

cataplasm, plaster, poultice

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Examples of dressing in a Sentence

We had turkey with dressing and potatoes for dinner. The nurse cleaned the cut and applied a dressing.

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The men's dressing room, encased in mahogany wood and brass finishes, leads into a private office complete with it's own private balcony. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "This NYC Apartment Features Stunning Views Of Central Park For $39.5 Million," 30 Dec. 2018 But there are also a few touches that just scream Shields—like a ginormous bathroom complete with a flat screen TV, a private dressing room, and even a pool out back that gives a nod to her performance in Blue Lagoon. Lauren Smith, House Beautiful, "Looking To Rent? You Can Stay In Brook Shields’ California Mansion For $25K A Month," 6 Dec. 2018 Upstairs, stacks of vintage suitcases line a high bedroom shelf; in the dressing room, a collection of panama hats adorns an antique ladder. Maria Shollenbarger, ELLE Decor, "An Italian Design Firm Transforms Discreet-but-Luxe Kitchens with a Timeless Florentine Aesthetic," 18 Oct. 2018 After the vines develop runners and the first flowers appear, follow up with a side dressing of compost, aged manure, or fertilizer. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Growing Crisp Cucumbers," 12 July 2018 The company, best known for their burritos and bowls, announced the new options last week that will include Tex-Mex staples like quesadillas, nachos, an avocado tostada and a fresh salad with avocado-citrus dressing. Fox News, "Chipotle adds milkshakes, nachos to the menu," 24 June 2018 The food—salad garnished with buttermilk dressing; bacon and potato; catfish sausage with fermented lemon—practically gleamed on the tableware, and tasted both Southern and progressive. Gary Shteyngart, The New Yorker, "The Luck of Kokura," 18 June 2018 Toss the frisee or chicory with the dressing in a mixing bowl until evenly coated, then divide the salad among individual plates. Ellie Krieger, charlotteobserver, "Eggs in a hole, French edition," 12 June 2018 Cut the cooled potatoes into chunks, then add to the mayonnaise bowl and toss to coat with the dressing. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Smoked Garlic Potato Salad," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of dressing

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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dressing

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dressing

: a usually seasoned mixture of liquids that is added to a salad
: special material that is used to cover a wound
: the act or process of putting on clothes

dressing

noun
dress·​ing | \ ˈdre-siŋ \

Kids Definition of dressing

1 : a sauce put on a salad
2 : a seasoned mixture used as a stuffing turkey with dressing
3 : material (as ointment or gauze) used to cover an injury
4 : the act of putting on clothes

dressing

noun
dress·​ing | \ -iŋ \

Medical Definition of dressing

: a covering (as of ointment or gauze) applied to a lesion

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