dressing

noun
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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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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Even better with a sunken island of lobster meat tossed with a simple dressing of shallot, dijon, and lemon. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "Chill, It’s Corn Soup," 27 July 2019 That was very shocking to me, because my friend had done the same thing, just with different window dressing. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Three Women makes true stories of women, sex, and desire read like a novel," 24 July 2019 Help is needed with dressing, bathing and using the bathroom. Ryan Martin, Indianapolis Star, "Unarmed man shot in back by IMPD officer settles lawsuit for millions," 11 July 2019 Toss with dressing and add salt and pepper to taste. Linda Gassenheimer, Twin Cities, "Texas Turkey Burgers are perfect for any summer barbecue," 8 July 2019 When the potato packets are done, place them in a large bowl and gently toss with the dressing and the cooked and crumbled bacon. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "Fourth of July recipe: Grilled Jalapeno, Corn and Idaho Potato Salad," 1 July 2019 There's also a make-your-own salad option with an extensive list of ingredients and dressings. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Sweetgreen taps Houston for Texas expansion," 22 July 2019 His death two days later prompted a state investigation, which revealed the man had not had his dressing changed for two days. NBC News, "A nursing home chain grows too fast and collapses, and elderly and disabled residents pay the price," 19 July 2019 Either way, the Belgian endive salad took that underappreciated leaf to Waldorf levels with apples, Gorgonzola, pecans and walnut dressing. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Review: Cappy’s keeps its groove as Alamo Heights’ go-to restaurant," 18 July 2019

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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 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

dressing

noun
dress·​ing | \ -iŋ How to pronounce dressing (audio) \

Medical Definition of dressing

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

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