1. Dress; raiment; especially, ornamental habiliment or attire.

2. <surgery> An application (a remedy, bandage, etc) to a sore or wound.

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

4. A preparation to fit food for use; a condiment; as, a dressing for salad. The stuffing of fowls, pigs, etc.; forcemeat.

5. Gum, starch, and the like, used in stiffening or finishing silk, linen, and other fabrics.

6. An ornamental finish, as a molding around doors, windows, or on a ceiling, etc.

7. Castigation; scolding; often with down. Dressing case, a case of toilet utensils. Dressing forceps, a variety of forceps, shaped like a pair of scissors, used in dressing wounds. Dressing gown, a light gown, such as is used by a person while dressing; a study gown. Dressing room, an apartment appropriated for making one's toilet. Dressing table, a table at which a person may dress, and on which articles for the toilet stand. Top-dressing, manure or compost spread over land and not worked into the soil.

(01 Mar 1998)