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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To cover, dress, or hang with or as if with cloth in loose folds: draped the coffin with a flag; a robe that draped her figure. See Synonyms at clothe.
  • transitive v. To arrange or let fall in loose folds: draping the banner from the balcony.
  • transitive v. To hang or rest limply: draped my legs over the chair.
  • intransitive v. To fall or hang in loose folds: arranged the cloth to drape over the table legs.
  • n. A drapery; a curtain.
  • n. A cloth arranged over a patient's body during a medical examination or treatment or during surgery, designed to provide a sterile field around the area being examined or treated or around the operative incision.
  • n. The way in which cloth falls or hangs: adjusted the drape of the gown.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A curtain, a drapery.
  • n. See drapes.
  • n. A youth subculture distinguished by its sharp dress, especially peg-leg pants (1950s: e.g. Baltimore, MD). Antonym: square
  • v. To cover or adorn with drapery or folds of cloth, or as with drapery; as, to drape a bust, a building, etc.
  • v. To rail at; to banter.
  • v. To make cloth.
  • v. To design drapery, arrange its folds, etc., as for hangings, costumes, statues, etc.
  • v. To hang or rest limply
  • v. To spread over, cover.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To make cloth.
  • intransitive v. To design drapery, arrange its folds, etc., as for hangings, costumes, statues, etc.
  • transitive v. To cover or adorn with drapery or folds of cloth, or as with drapery
  • transitive v. To rail at; to banter.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cover with or as with cloth; clothe; dress, as a window, an alcove, the outside of a house, etc., the human body, or a representation of the human body, as in sculpture or painting: as, the buildings were draped with flags; the painter's figures are well draped.
  • To arrange or adjust, as clothing, hangings, etc.
  • To make into cloth.
  • To make cloth.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the manner in which fabric hangs or falls
  • n. a sterile covering arranged over a patient's body during a medical examination or during surgery in order to reduce the possibility of contamination
  • v. cover or dress loosely with cloth
  • v. arrange in a particular way
  • n. hanging cloth used as a blind (especially for a window)
  • v. place casually
  • v. cover as if with clothing

Etymologies

Middle English drapen, to weave, from Old French draper, from drap, cloth, from Late Latin drappus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English drape (noun, "a drape"), from Old French draper ("to drape", also, "to full cloth"), from drap ("cloth, drabcloth"), from Late Latin drappus, drapus ("drabcloth, kerchief"), a word first recorded in the Capitularies of Charlemagne, probably from Frankish *drapi, *drāpi ("that which is fulled, drabcloth", literally "that which is struck or for striking"), from Proto-Germanic *drapiz (“a strike, hit, blow”) and Proto-Germanic *drēpiz (“intended for striking, to be beaten”), both from *drepanan (“to beat, strike”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰrebʰ- (“to beat, crush, make or become thick”)[2]. Cognate with English drub ("to beat"), North Frisian dreep ("a blow"), Low German drapen, dräpen ("to strike"), German treffen ("to meet"), Swedish dräpa ("to slay"). More at drub. (Wiktionary)

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  • A cow, whose milk is dried up. A farrow cow. - Old provincial term from the north of England.

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