What does dressing mean?

Definitions for dressing
ˈdrɛs ɪŋdress·ing

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word dressing.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dressing, salad dressingnoun

    savory dressings for salads; basically of two kinds: either the thin French or vinaigrette type or the creamy mayonnaise type

  2. stuffing, dressingnoun

    a mixture of seasoned ingredients used to stuff meats and vegetables

  3. fertilization, fertilisation, fecundation, dressingnoun

    making fertile as by applying fertilizer or manure

  4. dressing, medical dressingnoun

    a cloth covering for a wound or sore

  5. dressingnoun

    processes in the conversion of rough hides into leather

  6. dressing, groomingnoun

    the activity of getting dressed; putting on clothes

  7. dressing, bandaging, bindingnoun

    the act of applying a bandage


  1. dressingnoun

    Material applied to a wound for protection or therapy.

  2. dressingnoun

    A sauce, especially a cold one for salads.

  3. dressingnoun

    Something added to the soil as a fertilizer etc.

  4. dressingnoun

    The activity of getting dressed.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Dressingnoun

    The application made to a sore.

    Etymology: from dress.

    The second day after we took off the dressings, and found an eschar made by the catheretick. Richard Wiseman, on Tumours.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dressing

    of Dress

  2. Dressingnoun

    dress; raiment; especially, ornamental habiliment or attire

  3. Dressingnoun

    an application (a remedy, bandage, etc.) to a sore or wound

  4. Dressingnoun

    manure or compost over land. When it remains on the surface, it is called a top-dressing

  5. Dressingnoun

    a preparation to fit food for use; a condiment; as, a dressing for salad

  6. Dressingnoun

    the stuffing of fowls, pigs, etc.; forcemeat

  7. Dressingnoun

    gum, starch, and the like, used in stiffening or finishing silk, linen, and other fabrics

  8. Dressingnoun

    an ornamental finish, as a molding around doors, windows, or on a ceiling, etc

  9. Dressingnoun

    castigation; scolding; -- often with down


  1. Dressing

    A dressing is an adjunct used by a person for application to a wound to promote healing and/or prevent further harm. A dressing is designed to be in direct contact with the wound, which makes it different from a bandage, which is primarily used to hold a dressing in place. Some organisations classify them as the same thing and the terms are used interchangeably by some people. Dressings are frequently used in first aid and nursing.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dressing' in Nouns Frequency: #2846

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dressing in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dressing in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of dressing in a Sentence

  1. Amy Sussman/Getty Images:

    I tell all my customers and clients, ‘This is God’s store and I have the privilege of working here,’ the store has been completely fulfilling. I get to show men the dignity that they deserve. I want my customers to feel their very best and experience the quality of a fine suit that they can wear forever. I like dressing up people to show them how beautiful they are. I see beauty in all people. Sometimes people don’t realize their own beauty. So I get to show them just that through [clothes]. It gives me the same fulfillment as acting because it allows me to create a personal connection with someone. And I help them experience a sense of joy.

  2. Roberta Kaplan:

    When I spoke out about what President Trump did to me in a department store dressing room, I was speaking out against an individual, when President Trump called me a liar and denied that President Trump had ever met me, President Trump was not speaking on behalf of United States.

  3. Graham Norton:

    I don’t know why I had that one, i was in the dressing room with an hour to go before kick off when Sir Alex Ferguson( Manchester United manager) saw Manchester United manager and made me shave Manchester United manager off.

  4. Duncan Hunter:

    The changes offered up by the White House prove that neither the right questions were asked nor were any lessons learned, wholesale changes are needed, but what's being put forward is nothing more than window dressing, I fear.

  5. Steve Harvey:

    I could not find a way to walk from the stage to my dressing room, to sit in my makeup chair, to walk from my dressing room to the stage or to just sit and have lunch without somebody just walking in, i've always had a policy where, you know, you can come and talk to me -- so many people are great around here, but some of them just started taking advantage of it.

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