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  • In these senses of dress:

    transitive v. To put a finish on (stone or wood, for example).

    v. To prepare the surface of (a material; usually stone or lumber).

    transitive v. To cut to proper dimensions, or give proper shape to, as to a tool by hammering; also, to smooth or finish.

    v. put a finish on

    The Castle seemed not so much a product of engineering as of organic growth, the dressed stone fused with the rough black basalt of the rock and its own bloody history.
    Kate Atkinson, One Good Turn (New York: Little, Brown & Co., 2006), p. 64.

    June 5, 2016

  • A stone or stones worked into a smooth molded face. Used to outline angles, windows, and doors.

    August 25, 2008