What does dressing mean?

Definitions for dressing
ˈdrɛs ɪŋdress·ing

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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.


  1. dressing

    Dressing refers to either a substance added to food to enhance its flavor or appearance, such as a salad dressing, or the act and process of putting on clothes or covering a wound. It can also refer to the preparation of a particular material in a specific process, like cooking or manufacturing.

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.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Dressing is ranked #106096 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Dressing surname appeared 168 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Dressing.

    98.8% or 166 total occurrences were White.

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. Vinod Nair:

    Overall improving liquidity and likely window dressing by funds may keep equities at a higher keel till 2014 ends.

  2. Diane Murray of Wood-Ridge:

    I was thinking how embarrassed I would be to have her walk around in that costume, and she was embarrassed as well, dressing up as a sexpot is not part of my vision for a happy, healthy childhood. Outfits like that not only suggest a style of dress that is inappropriate but also emphasize the notion of dressing to titillate men, rather than dressing in clothes that make you feel good about yourself.

  3. Victor Joe:

    We have chosen to place a dressing that adheres to the open wound, which allows her skin to heal without having to remove the bandages to wash the wounds.

  4. Paul Graham, September 2004:

    Dressing up is inevitably a substitute for good ideas. It is no coincidence that technically inept business types are known as "suits."

  5. Harriet Beecher Stowe:

    Home is a place not only of strong affections, but of entire unreserved; it is life's undress rehearsal, its backroom, its dressing room, from which we go forth to more careful and guarded intercourse, leaving behind us much debris of cast-off and everyday clothing.

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