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  1. provide with clothes or put clothes on; "Parents must feed and dress their child" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. arrange attractively; "dress my hair for the wedding" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. give a neat appearance to; "groom the dogs"; "dress the horses" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. provide with decoration; "dress the windows" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. arrange in ranks; "dress troops" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. a one-piece garment for a woman; has skirt and bodice Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. (of an occasion) requiring formal clothes; "a dress dinner"; "a full-dress ceremony" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. suitable for formal occasions; "formal wear"; "a full-dress uniform"; "dress shoes" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. dress or groom with elaborate care; "She likes to dress when going to the opera" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. dress in a certain manner; "She dresses in the latest Paris fashion"; "he dressed up in a suit and tie" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. put on clothes; "we had to dress quickly"; "dress the patient"; "Can the child dress by herself?" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. apply a bandage or medication to; "dress the victim's wounds" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. kill and prepare for market or consumption; "dress a turkey" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. decorate (food), as with parsley or other ornamental foods Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. clothing in general; "she was refined in her choice of apparel"; "he always bought his clothes at the same store"; "fastidious about his dress" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  16. clothing of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion; "formal attire"; "battle dress" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  17. convert into leather; "dress the tanned skins" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  18. cut down rough-hewn (lumber) to standard thickness and width Wordnet Dictionary DB
  19. put a finish on; "dress the surface smooth" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  20. cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of; "dress the plants in the garden" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  21. put a dressing on; "dress the salads" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  22. To direct; to put right or straight; to regulate; to order. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. To treat methodically with remedies, bandages, or curative appliances, as a sore, an ulcer, a wound, or a wounded or diseased part. Webster Dictionary DB
  25. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. To cut to proper dimensions, or give proper shape to, as to a tool by hammering; also, to smooth or finish. Webster Dictionary DB
  27. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  28. To break and train for use, as a horse or other animal. Webster Dictionary DB
  29. To clothe or apparel one's self; to put on one's garments; to pay particular regard to dress; as, to dress quickly. Webster Dictionary DB
  30. That which is used as the covering or ornament of the body; clothes; garments; habit; apparel. Webster Dictionary DB
  31. A lady's gown; as, silk or a velvet dress. Webster Dictionary DB
  32. Attention to apparel, or skill in adjusting it. Webster Dictionary DB
  33. The system of furrows on the face of a millstone. Webster Dictionary DB
  34. 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! Webster Dictionary DB
  35. Covering for the body; clothing; elegant or fashionable attire; a woman's or a child's gown. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  36. To cover with, or as with, clothing; adorn; make ready; arrange; to prepare for the table; curry or rub down; adjust to a straight line, as soldiers; to treat, as a wound, with medicines, bandages, etc. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  37. To put on clothes; to form a line. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  38. Dressed or Drest. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  39. Dressing. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  40. To put straight or in order: to put clothes upon: to prepare: to cook: to trim: to deck: to cleanse a sore. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  41. To arrange in a line: to put on clothes:-pa.t. and pa.p. dressed' or drest. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  42. The covering or ornament of the body: a lady's gown: style of dress. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  43. Clothing; woman's gown. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  44. To put in order; clothe; deck; cook; make healing applications to a wound or sore. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  45. To clothe; array; adorn; arrange; adjust; cleanse and bind up, as a wound; prepare. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  46. Clothes collectively; elegant attire. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  47. A gown of a woman or child. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  48. The covering or ornament of the body; apparel; habiliments; a lady's gown; full dress; style in dress; fastidiousness in dress. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  49. To put straight or adjust to a right line; to put in good order; to trim; to put clothes on; to deck; to cleanse a wound and apply remedies; to make suitable or fit for use; to curry, rub, and comb. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  50. To put on clothes; to pay particular regard to dress; to arrange in a line. Dress! a military word of command given when troops have arrived at any prescribed point of alignment, as Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  51. Covering or ornaments for the body; garments; clothes; a lady's gown. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  52. To cover the body with clothing or ornaments; to deck, adorn, or embellish; to cultivate; to prepare food for the table; to put into good order, as a wound; to prepare or fit for use; in mil., to adjust the front of a company to a straight line. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  53. This subject includes the following particulars: 1. Materials; 2. Color and decoration; 3. Name, form, and mode of wearing the various articles; 4. Special usages relating thereto. 5. Materials .--After the first "apron" of fig leaves, ( Genesis 3:7 ) the skins of animals were used for clothing. ( Genesis 3:21 ) Such was the "mantle" worn by Elijah. Pelisses of sheepskin still form an ordinary article of dress in the East. The art of weaving hear was known to the Hebrews at an early period, ( Exodus 25:4 ; 26:7 ) and wool was known earlier still. ( Genesis 38:12 ) Their acquaintance with linen and perhaps cotton dates from the captivity in Egypt, ( 1 Chronicles 4:21 ) silk was introduced much later. ( Revelation 18:12 ) The use of mixed material, such as wool and flax, was forbidden. ( Leviticus 19:19 ; 22:11 ) 6. Color and decoration. --The prevailing color of the Hebrew dress was the natural white of the materials employed, which might be brought to a high state of brilliancy by the art of the fuller. ( Mark 9:3 ) The notice of scarlet thread, ( Genesis 38:28 ) implies some acquaintance with dyeing. The elements of ornamentation were -- (1) weaving with threads previously dyed, ( Exodus 35:25 ) (2) the introduction of gold thread or wire, ( Exodus 27:6 ) ff; (3) the addition of figures. Robes decorated with gold, ( Psalms 45:13 ) and with silver thread, cf. ( Acts 12:21 ) were worn by royal personages; other kinds of embroidered robes were worn by the wealthy, ( Judges 5:30 ; Psalms 45:14 ; Ezekiel 16:13 ) as well as purple, ( Proverbs 31:22 ; Luke 16:19 ) and scarlet. ( 2 Samuel 1:24 ) 7. The names, forms, and modes of wearing the robes. -- The general characteristics of Oriental dress have preserved a remarkable uniformity in all ages: the modern Arab dresses much as the ancient Hebrew did. The costume of the men and women was very similar; there was sufficient difference, however, to mark the sex, and it was strictly forbidden to a woman to wear the appendages, such as the staff, signet-ring, and other ornaments, of a man; as well as to a man to wear the outer robe of a woman. ( 22:5 ) We shall first describe the robes which were common to the two sexes, and then those which were peculiar to women. (1) The inner garment was the most essential article of dress. It was a closely-fitting garment, resembling in form and use our shirt, though unfortunately translate "coat" in the Authorized Version. The material of which it was made was either wool, cotton or linen. It was without sleeves, and reached only to the knee. Another kind reached to the wrists and ankles. It was in either case kept close to the body by a girdle, and the fold formed by the overlapping of the robe served as an inner pocket. A person wearing the inner garment alone was described as naked. (2) There was an upper or second tunic, the difference being that it was longer than the first. (3) the linen cloth appears to have been a wrapper of fine linen, which might be used in various ways, but especially as a night-shirt. ( Mark 14:51 ) (4) The outer garment consisted of a quadrangular piece of woollen cloth, probably resembling in shape a Scotch plaid. The size and texture would vary with the means of the wearer. It might be worn in various ways, either wrapped round the body or thrown over the shoulders like a shawl, with the ends or "skirts" hanging down in front; or it might be thrown over the head, so as to conceal the face. ( 2 Samuel 15:30 ; Esther 6;12 Esther 12 ) The ends were skirted with a fringe and bound with a dark purple ribbon, ( Numbers 15:38 ) it was confined at the waist by a girdle. The outer garment was the poor mans bed clothing. ( Exodus 22:26 Exodus 22:27 ) The dress of the women differed from that of the men in regard to the outer garment, the inner garment being worn equally by both sexes. ( Solomon 5:3 ) Among their distinctive robes we find a kind of shawl, ( Ruth 3:15 ; Isaiah 3:22 ) light summer dresses of handsome appearance and ample dimensions,a nd gay holiday dresses. ( Isaiah 3:24 ) The garments of females were terminated by an ample border of fringe (skirts , Authorized Version), which concealed the feet. ( Isaiah 47:2 ; Jeremiah 13:22 ) The travelling cloak referred to by St. Paul, ( 2 Timothy 4:13 ) is generally identified with the Roman paenula . It is, however, otherwise explained as a travelling-case for carrying clothes or books. The coat of many colors worn by Joseph, ( Genesis 37:3 Genesis 37:23 ) is variously taken to be either a "coat of divers colors" or a tunic furnished with sleeves and reaching down to the ankles. The latter is probably the correct sense. 8. Special usages relating to dress. --The length of the dress rendered it inconvenient for active exercise; hence the outer garments were either left in the house by a person working close by, ( Matthew 24:18 ) or were thrown off when the occasion arose, ( Mark 10:50 ) or, if this were not possible, as in the case of a person travelling, they were girded up. ( 1 Kings 18:46 ; 1 Peter 1:13 ) On entering a house the upper garment was probably laid aside, and resumed on going out. ( Acts 12:8 ) In a sitting posture, the garments concealed the feet; this was held to be an act of reverence. ( Isaiah 6:2 ) The number of suits possessed by the Hebrews was considerable: a single suit consisted of an under and upper garment. The presentation of a robe in many instances amounted to installation or investiture, ( Genesis 41:42 ; Esther 8:15 ; Isaiah 22:21 ) on the other hand, taking it away amounted to dismissal from office. 2 Macc. 4:38. The production of the best robe was a mark of special honor in a household. ( Luke 15:22 ) The number of robes thus received or kept in store for presents was very large, and formed one of the main elements of wealth in the East, ( Job 22:6 ; Matthew 6:19 ; James 5:2 ) so that to have clothing implied the possession of wealth and power. ( Isaiah 3:6 Isaiah 3:7 ) On grand occasions the entertainer offered becoming robes to his guests. The business of making clothes devolved upon women in a family. ( Proverbs 31:22 ; Acts 9:39 ) little art was required in what we may term the tailoring department; the garments came forth for the most part ready made from the loom, so that the weaver supplanted the tailor. biblestudytools.com
  54. Materials used. The earliest and simplest an apron of fig-leaves sewed together ( Genesis 3:7 ); then skins of animals ( 3:21 ). Elijah's dress was probably the skin of a sheep ( 2 Kings 1:8 ). The Hebrews were early acquainted with the art of weaving hair into cloth ( Exodus 26:7 ; 35:6 ), which formed the sackcloth of mourners. This was the material of John the Baptist's robe ( Matthew 3:4 ). Wool was also woven into garments ( Leviticus 13:47 ; Deuteronomy 22:11 ; Ezekiel 34:3 ; Job 31:20 ; Proverbs 27:26 ). The Israelites probably learned the art of weaving linen when they were in Egypt ( 1 Chronicles 4:21 ). Fine linen was used in the vestments of the high priest ( Exodus 28:5 ), as well as by the rich ( Genesis 41:42 ; Proverbs 31:22 ; Luke 16:19 ). The use of mixed material, as wool and flax, was forbidden ( Leviticus 19:19 ; Deuteronomy 22:11 ). biblestudytools.com
  55. Colour. The prevailing colour was the natural white of the material used, which was sometimes rendered purer by the fuller's art ( Psalms 104:1 Psalms 104:2 ; Isaiah 63:3 ; Mark 9:3 ). The Hebrews were acquainted with the art of dyeing ( Genesis 37:3 Genesis 37:23 ). Various modes of ornamentation were adopted in the process of weaving ( Exodus 28:6 ; Exodus 26:1 Exodus 26:31 ; 35:25 ), and by needle-work ( Judges 5:30 ; Psalms 45:13 ). Dyed robes were imported from foreign countries, particularly from Phoenicia ( Zephaniah 1:8 ). Purple and scarlet robes were the marks of the wealthy ( Luke 16:19 ; 2 Sam 1:24 ). biblestudytools.com
  56. Form. The robes of men and women were not very much different in form from each other. (a) The "coat" (kethoneth), of wool, cotton, or linen, was worn by both sexes. It was a closely-fitting garment, resembling in use and form our shirt ( John 19:23 ). It was kept close to the body by a girdle ( John 21:7 ). A person wearing this "coat" alone was described as naked ( 1 Samuel 19:24 ; Isaiah 20:2 ; 2 Kings 6:30 ; John 21:7 ); deprived of it he would be absolutely naked. (b) A linen cloth or wrapper (sadin) of fine linen, used somewhat as a night-shirt ( Mark 14:51 ). It is mentioned in Judg. Mark 14:12 Mark 14:13 , and rendered there "sheets." (c) An upper tunic (meil), longer than the "coat" ( 1 Samuel 2:19 ; 24:4 ; 28:14 ). In 1 Samuel 28:14 it is the mantle in which Samuel was enveloped; in 1 Samuel 24:4 it is the "robe" under which Saul slept. The disciples were forbidden to wear two "coats" ( Matthew 10:10 ; Luke 9:3 ). (d) The usual outer garment consisted of a piece of woollen cloth like a Scotch plaid, either wrapped round the body or thrown over the shoulders like a shawl, with the ends hanging down in front, or it might be thrown over the head so as to conceal the face ( 2 Samuel 15:30 ; Esther 6:12 ). It was confined to the waist by a girdle, and the fold formed by the overlapping of the robe served as a pocket ( 2 Kings 4:39 ; Psalms 79:12 ; Haggai 2:12 ; Proverbs 17:23 ; 21:14 ). Female dress. The "coat" was common to both sexes (Cant 5:3 ). But peculiar to females were (1) the "veil" or "wimple," a kind of shawl ( Ruth 3:15 ; rendered "mantle," RSV, Isaiah 3:22 ); (2) the "mantle," also a species of shawl ( Isaiah 3:22 ); (3) a "veil," probably a light summer dress ( Genesis 24:65 ); (4) a "stomacher," a holiday dress ( Isaiah 3:24 ). The outer garment terminated in an ample fringe or border, which concealed the feet ( Isaiah 47:2 ; Jeremiah 13:22 ). The dress of the Persians is described in Daniel 3:21 . The reference to the art of sewing are few, inasmuch as the garments generally came forth from the loom ready for being worn, and all that was required in the making of clothes devolved on the women of a family ( Proverbs 31:22 ; Acts 9:39 ). Extravagance in dress is referred to in Jeremiah 4:30 ; Ezek. 16:10 ; Zephaniah 1:8 (RSV, "foreign apparel"); 1 Timothy 2:9 ; 1 Peter 3:3 . Rending the robes was expressive of grief ( Genesis 37:29 Genesis 37:34 ), fear ( 1 Kings 21:27 ), indignation ( 2 Kings 5:7 ), or despair ( Judges 11:35 ; Esther 4:1 ). Shaking the garments, or shaking the dust from off them, was a sign of renunciation ( Acts 18:6 ); wrapping them round the head, of awe ( 1 Kings 19:13 ) or grief ( 2 Samuel 15:30 ; casting them off, of excitement ( Acts 22:23 ); laying hold of them, of supplication ( 1 Samuel 15:27 ). In the case of travelling, the outer garments were girded up ( 1 Kings 18:46 ). They were thrown aside also when they would impede action ( Mark 10:50 ; John 13:4 ; Acts 7:58 ). These dictionary topics are fromM.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible[S] indicates this entry was also found in Smith's Bible DictionaryBibliography InformationEaston, Matthew George. "Entry for Dress". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". . biblestudytools.com
  57. 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! mso.anu.edu.au
  58. dres, v.t. to put straight or in order, as troops: to put clothes upon: to prepare: to cook: to trim: to deck: to cleanse a sore: to manure.--v.i. to come into line: to put on clothes:--pa.t. and pa.p. dressed or drest.--n. the covering or ornament of the body: a lady's gown: style of dress.--ns. DRESS'-CIR'CLE, part of a theatre (usually the first gallery) set apart for people in evening dress; DRESS'-COAT, a fine black coat with narrow or cut-away skirts, worn when in full dress; DRESS'ER, one who dresses: a medical student who dresses wounds: a table on which meat is dressed or prepared for use: a kind of kitchen sideboard with rows of shelves for plates, dishes, &c.--n.pl. DRESS'-GOODS, cloths for making women's and children's gowns, frocks, &c.--ns. DRESS'ING, dress or clothes: manure given to land: matter used to give stiffness and gloss to cloth: the sauce, &c., used in preparing a dish for the table, stuffing, &c.: the bandage, &c., applied to a sore: an ornamental moulding: a thrashing; DRESS'ING-CASE, a case of toilet requisites used in dressing one's self: DRESS'ING-GOWN, a loose garment used in dressing, or in deshabille; DRESS'ING-JACK'ET, DRESS'ING-SACK, a jacket worn by women in dressing: DRESS'ING-ROOM; DRESS'ING-T[=A]'BLE; DRESS'MAKER, a person who makes gowns or dresses for women.--adj. DRESS'Y, fond of dress.--EVENING DRESS, FULL DRESS, the costume prescribed by fashion for evening receptions, dinners, balls, &c. [O. Fr. dresser, to prepare--L. dirig[)e]re, directum, to direct.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  59. (Mil.) correct the alignment of (companies &c. in relation to each other, or men in line), (intr.) come into correct place in line &c. (up, i.e. forward, back, or abs.); array, clothe, (dressed in black, serge, &c.); provide oneself with clothes (d. well &c.); put on one\'s clothes; put on evening d. (esp. d. for dinner); d. up, attire oneself, attire (another), elaborately or in masquerade; d. out, attire conspicuously; deck, adorn, (ship with flags, shop-window with tempting wares); provide (play) with costumes; treat (wound, wounded man) with remedies, apply dressing to; subject to cleansing, trimming, smoothing, &c.; brush, comb, do up, (hair); curry (horse, leather; & fig., often d. down, thrash, scold); finish surface of (textile fabrics, building-stone); prepare, cook, (food); prune (plant); manure. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  60. Clothing, esp. the visible part of it, costume (full d., that worn on great occasions; evening d., or d., that worn at dinners or evening parties; morning d., ordinary; a d., lady\'s gown, frock); external covering, outward form, (birds in their winter d., French book appearing in English d.); d.-circle, first gallery in theatres, in which evening-d. was once required; d.-coat, swallow-tailed for evening d.; d.-guard, on bicycle &c. to protect d.; d.-improver, =BUSTLE; dressmaker, -king, (woman) making women\'s dd. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  61. To make straight or right. To treat a wound and make suitable application to it. [Old Fr.] Appleton's medical dictionary.
  62. n. Clothes; garments; habit; apparel; —a lady’s gown attention to apparel, or skill in adjusting it. Cabinet Dictionary
  63. Cloaths, garment; the skill of adjusting dress. Complete Dictionary

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