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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Mix radicchio and frisee in bowl with a bit of dressing, place on plate and continue to garnish with figs, walnuts, bleu cheese crumbles & Mousse. Krystyna Chávez, Marie Claire, "9 Easy Kentucky Derby Recipe Ideas You Can Whip Up In No Time," 3 May 2019 During her eight years in the White House, Michelle Obama redefined and modernized the concept of First Lady dressing. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Michelle Obama Just Won 2018 in These Sparkling Thigh-High Balenciaga Boots," 20 Dec. 2018 And the same goes for a lot of other condiments, including many salad dressings, hot sauces, jams, and fermented ingredients like soy or fish sauce. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "12 Foods You’re Probably Refrigerating That You Actually Shouldn’t," 16 Apr. 2019 Snacks, spices, salad dressings, sweets, juices, cookies, cakes and juices were among the goods that saw annual prices increases, according to consumer-price index data released Wednesday. Heather Haddon, WSJ, "With a Pinch of Innovation, Food Makers Raise Prices," 19 Dec. 2018 After a night of heavy, heavy drinking during Jax’s birthday getaway to Mexico, Stassi was fast asleep with pizza and ranch dressing, Tom Schwartz was blacked out at another resort, and Peter was… being Peter somewhere. Danny Murphy, Marie Claire, "9 Dramatic 'Vanderpump Rules' Moments Nobody Can Ever Forget," 3 Dec. 2018 This can be lemon or lime juice, vinegar, olive or nut oil (walnut and hazelnut are especially good), hummus, garlic-tahini dressing, pesto, hot sauce, soy sauce. Carrie Dennett, The Seattle Times, "Grain bowls are trending. Here’s how to make your own.," 28 Nov. 2018 But once again, he’s just loud set dressing, perpetually at odds with Queenie but unable to make a difference for her as anything but an excuse for action. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Even for the Harry Potter hardcore, Crimes of Grindelwald is one convoluted movie," 8 Nov. 2018 Footage released by the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department shows the robber requesting what appears to be a side of mayonnaise or dressing, as well as two cookies, which the on-duty employee bags and places on the counter. Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, "Subway robber orders sandwich and cookies before producing gun, demanding cash," 24 July 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 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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