from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To put clothes on; clothe.
- transitive v. To furnish with clothing.
- transitive v. To decorate or adorn: dress a Christmas tree.
- transitive v. To garnish: dressed the side dish with parsley.
- transitive v. To arrange a display in: dress a store window.
- transitive v. To arrange (troops) in ranks; align.
- transitive v. To apply medication, bandages, or other therapeutic materials to (a wound).
- transitive v. To arrange and groom (the hair), as by styling, combing, or washing.
- transitive v. To groom (an animal); curry.
- transitive v. To cultivate (land or plants).
- transitive v. To clean (fish or fowl) for cooking or sale.
- transitive v. To put a finish on (stone or wood, for example).
- transitive v. To tan or prepare (a hide) in leather-making.
- intransitive v. To put on clothes.
- intransitive v. To wear clothes of a certain kind or style: dresses casually.
- intransitive v. To wear formal clothes: dress for dinner.
- intransitive v. To get into proper alignment with others: The troops dressed on the squad leader.
- n. Clothing; apparel.
- n. A style of clothing: folk dancers in peasant dress.
- n. A one-piece outer garment for women or girls.
- n. Outer covering or appearance; guise: an ancient ritual in modern dress.
- adj. Suitable for formal occasions: dress shoes.
- adj. Requiring formal clothes: a dress dinner.
- dress down To scold; reprimand: I was dressed down by the teacher for lateness.
- dress down To wear informal clothes, befitting an occasion or location: I dressed down for such a casual occasion.
- dress up To wear formal or fancy clothes: They dressed up and went to the prom.
- idiom dress ship Nautical To display the ensign, signal flags, and bunting on a ship.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An item of clothing (usually worn by a woman or young girl) which covers the upper part of the body as well as below the waist.
- n. Apparel, clothing.
- n. The system of furrows on the face of a millstone.
- v. To prepare the surface of (a material; usually stone or lumber).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. That which is used as the covering or ornament of the body; clothes; garments; habit; apparel.
- n. A lady's gown.
- n. Attention to apparel, or skill in adjusting it.
- n. The system of furrows on the face of a millstone.
- intransitive v. To arrange one's self in due position in a line of soldiers; -- the word of command to form alignment in ranks
- intransitive v. To clothe or apparel one's self; to put on one's garments; to pay particular regard to dress.
- transitive v. To direct; to put right or straight; to regulate; to order.
- transitive v. To arrange in exact continuity of line, as soldiers; commonly to adjust to a straight line and at proper distance; to align.
- transitive v. To treat methodically with remedies, bandages, or curative appliances, as a sore, an ulcer, a wound, or a wounded or diseased part.
- transitive v. To adjust; to put in good order; to arrange; specifically: (a) To prepare for use; to fit for any use; to render suitable for an intended purpose; to get ready
- transitive v. To cut to proper dimensions, or give proper shape to, as to a tool by hammering; also, to smooth or finish.
- transitive v. To put in proper condition by appareling, as the body; to put clothes upon; to apparel; to invest with garments or rich decorations; to clothe; to deck.
- transitive v. To break and train for use, as a horse or other animal.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To put or make straight; adjust to a right line: as (in military use), to dress ranks.
- To regulate; direct; set right; keep in the right course.
- To adjust; fasten; fix.
- To address; direct: as, to dress words to a person; hence, with reflexive pronoun, to direct or turn one's course, efforts, or attention; prepare or apply one's self to do something; repair; betake one's self: as, they dressed themselves to the dance.
- To prepare or make ready; treat in some particular way, and thus fit for some special use or purpose
- To prepare for use as food, by cooking or by the addition of suitable condiments, etc.: as, to dress meat; to dress a salad.
- To make fit for the purpose intended, by some suitable process: as, to dress beef for the market; to dress skins; to dress flax or hemp.
- To cut or reduce to the proper shape or dimensions, or evenness of surface, as by planing, chiseling, tooling, etc.; trim; finish off; put the finishing touches to: as, to dress timber; to dress a millstone
- In mining and metallurgy, to sort or fit for smelting by separating and removing the non-metalliferous veinstone: as, to dress ores.
- To comb and do up: as, to dress the hair.
- To curry and rub down: as, to dress a horse.
- To treat with remedies or curative appliances: as, to dress a wound.
- To array; equip; rig out: as, to dress a ship with flags and pendants.
- To attire; put clothes upon; apparel; adorn or deck with suitable clothes or raiment: as, he dressed himself hastily; to dress one's self for dinner; the maid dressed her mistress for a ball.
- To direct toward; reach toward; reach; offer.
- To prepare for action.
- Synonyms To aline. To accoutre, array, rig. To attire, apparel, clothe, embellish.
- To direct one's course; go.
- To come into line or proper alinement: as (in military use), to dress up in the center.
- To clothe one's self; put on one's usual garments, or such garments as are required for a particular occasion: as, to dress for the day; to dress for dinner, or for a ball.
- To give orders or directions.
- To get on or up; rise.
- In veg. pathol., to treat (grain and other seed) with hot water, formaldehyde solution, or a similar fungicide, for the purpose of destroying the spores of smut and other plant-diseases.
- In milling, to clean and refine (flour); free (flour) from bran by passing it through bolters. See milling.
- n. A garment, or the assemblage of garments, used as a covering for the body or for its adornment; clothes; apparel: as, to spend a good deal of money on dress.
- n. Specifically
- n. The gown or robe worn by women, consisting of a skirt and a waist, either made separately or in one garment.
- n. Outward adornment; elegant clothing, or skill in selecting, combining, and adjusting articles of clothing: as, a love of dress; a man of dress.
- n. In ornithology, plumage: as, spring or autumn dress; the breeding dress.
- n. External finish: used especially of the arrangement of the furrows on a millstone.
- n. Size; dressing.
- n. Synonyms Clothing, raiment, habiliments, accoutrements, vestments, habit, attire, array, garb, costume, suit.
- n. In printing, a set of types with their appurtenances; also, their arrangement and their general appearance in print.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. decorate (food), as with parsley or other ornamental foods
- v. arrange in ranks
- v. give a neat appearance to
- v. apply a bandage or medication to
- v. put a finish on
- v. put on clothes
- v. kill and prepare for market or consumption
- adj. suitable for formal occasions
- v. put a dressing on
- n. clothing of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion
- n. a one-piece garment for a woman; has skirt and bodice
- v. dress or groom with elaborate care
- v. cut down rough-hewn (lumber) to standard thickness and width
- v. cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of
- n. clothing in general
- v. dress in a certain manner
- v. convert into leather
- v. arrange attractively
- v. provide with decoration
- v. provide with clothes or put clothes on
- adj. (of an occasion) requiring formal clothes
But usage inclines to the adding of the apostrophe and _s_ (_'s_) even if the singular noun does end in an _s_ sound; as, _Charles's book, Frances's dress, the mistress's dress_.
*checks new dress in meeror, frowns, removes furnace filter from back of dress*
As you no doubt know, a dress is such a common article of modern attire, generally a one-piece outer garment for women or girls, that it is difficult to imagine that the word dress has not always referred to this garment.
And the glove for the latin dress is for the wrong hand.
This is, of course, actually the original meaning of the term dress code, which has since come to mean something far less important.
I think this dress is my favorite of all the ones you've posted in this series.
The silhouette of the dress is also flattering and very va-va-voom.
The catalogue entry drily notes that the dress is a form of product placement: "a virtual advertisement of the duke's revival of the silk industry in Florence".
Keep in mind, though, that the dress is almost $3K in the REAL world, not the Glee universe.
Oh, I think this dress is my favorite, so fresh and lovely!