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Definition of dress:

  1. A lady's gown; as, silk or a velvet dress.
  2. Attention to apparel, or skill in adjusting it.
  3. That which is used as the covering or ornament of the body; clothes; garments; habit; apparel.
  4. The system of furrows on the face of a millstone.
  5. 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; as, to dress a slain animal; to dress meat; to dress leather or cloth; to dress or trim a lamp; to dress a garden; to dress a horse, by currying and rubbing; to dress grain, by cleansing it; in mining and metallurgy, to dress ores, by sorting and separating them.
  6. To arrange in exact continuity of line, as soldiers; commonly to adjust to a straight line and at proper distance; to align; as, to dress the ranks.
  7. To arrange one's self in due position in a line of soldiers; - the word of command to form alignment in ranks; as, Right, dress!
  8. To break and train for use, as a horse or other animal.
  9. To clothe or apparel one's self; to put on one's garments; to pay particular regard to dress; as, to dress quickly.
  10. To cut to proper dimensions, or give proper shape to, as to a tool by hammering; also, to smooth or finish.
  11. To direct; to put right or straight; to regulate; to order.
  12. 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.
  13. To treat methodically with remedies, bandages, or curative appliances, as a sore, an ulcer, a wound, or a wounded or diseased part.


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