dress·​ing | \ ˈdre-siŋ How to pronounce dressing (audio) \

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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Examples of dressing in a Sentence

We had turkey with dressing and potatoes for dinner. The nurse cleaned the cut and applied a dressing.
Recent Examples on the Web Keep the bite below heart level and clean it with warm soapy water as soon as possible, covering it with a clean, dry dressing while waiting for emergency services to arrive. Breanna Wilson, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021 When Kin Khao opened in San Francisco in 2014, one dish unexpectedly became a best-seller: a vegetarian, bean-centric play on nam tok, the Thai grilled meat salad with a funky, citrusy dressing. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Sep. 2021 One of the difficulties with fall dressing is the unpredictable weather changes. Melissa Epifano, PEOPLE.com, 10 Sep. 2021 The salad is zapped with a lemon and basil dressing. Nick Rallo, Dallas News, 31 Aug. 2021 Order their cheeseburger with black truffle dressing. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 24 Aug. 2021 The pieces are tossed with a sweet, tart and salty coconut milk dressing, with crispy shallots and cashews adding crunch. Washington Post, 21 Aug. 2021 Just arrange tomatoes on a platter with peppery arugula, then drizzle with a dressing that combines balsamic vinegar with maple syrup, which balances out the acidity of the tomato. oregonlive, 11 Aug. 2021 Prescott was treated with sterile dressing on site before surgery to wash the wound and fix the fracture. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, 10 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of dressing

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

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The first known use of dressing was in the 15th century

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22 Sep 2021

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“Dressing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dressing. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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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


dress·​ing | \ ˈdre-siŋ How to pronounce dressing (audio) \

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


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Medical Definition of dressing

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

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