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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dress \Dress\ (dr[e^]s), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dressed
     (dr[e^]st) or Drest; p. pr. & vb. n. Dressing.] [OF.
     drecier to make straight, raise, set up, prepare, arrange, F.
     dresser, (assumed) LL. directiare, fr. L. dirigere, directum,
     to direct; dis- + regere to rule. See Right, and cf.
     Address, Adroit, Direct, Dirge.]
     1. To direct; to put right or straight; to regulate; to
        order. [Obs.]
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              At all times thou shalt bless God and pray Him to
              dress thy ways.                       --Chaucer.
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     Note: Dress is used reflexively in Old English, in sense of
           "to direct one's step; to address one's self."
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                 To Grisild again will I me dresse. --Chaucer.
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     2. (Mil.) 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.
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     3. (Med.) 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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     4. 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.
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                  And the Lord God took the man, and put him into
                  the garden of Eden to dress it.   --Gen. ii. 15.
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                  When he dresseth the lamps he shall burn
                  incense.                          --Ex. xxx. 7.
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                  Three hundred horses . . . smoothly dressed.
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                  Dressing their hair with the white sea flower.
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                  If he felt obliged to expostulate, he might have
                  dressed his censures in a kinder form.
        (b) To cut to proper dimensions, or give proper shape to,
            as to a tool by hammering; also, to smooth or finish.
        (c) 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.
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                  Dressed myself in such humility.  -- Shak.
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                  Prove that ever Idress myself handsome till thy
                  return.                           --Shak.
        (d) To break and train for use, as a horse or other
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     To dress up or To dress out, to dress elaborately,
        artificially, or pompously. "You see very often a king of
        England or France dressed up like a Julius C[ae]sar."
     To dress a ship (Naut.), to ornament her by hoisting the
        national colors at the peak and mastheads, and setting the
        jack forward; when dressed full, the signal flags and
        pennants are added. --Ham. Nav. Encyc.
     Syn: To attire; apparel; clothe; accouter; array; robe; rig;
          trim; deck; adorn; embellish.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dressing \Dress"ing\, n.
     1. Dress; raiment; especially, ornamental habiliment or
        attire. --B. Jonson.
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     2. (Surg.) An application (a remedy, bandage, etc.) to cover
        a sore or wound. --Wiseman.
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     3. Manure or compost over land. When it remains on the
        surface, it is called a top-dressing.
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     4. (Cookery)
        (a) A preparation, such as a sauce, to flavor food for
            eating; a condiment; as, a dressing for salad.
        (b) The stuffing of fowls, pigs, etc.; forcemeat.
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     5. Gum, starch, and the like, used in stiffening or finishing
        silk, linen, and other fabrics.
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     6. An ornamental finish, as a molding around doors, windows,
        or on a ceiling, etc.
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     7. Castigation; scolding; -- often with down. [Colloq.]
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     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
     Top-dressing, manure or compost spread over land and not
        worked into the soil.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: savory dressings for salads; basically of two kinds: either
           the thin French or vinaigrette type or the creamy
           mayonnaise type [syn: dressing, salad dressing]
      2: a mixture of seasoned ingredients used to stuff meats and
         vegetables [syn: stuffing, dressing]
      3: making fertile as by applying fertilizer or manure [syn:
         fertilization, fertilisation, fecundation, dressing]
      4: a cloth covering for a wound or sore [syn: dressing,
         medical dressing]
      5: processes in the conversion of rough hides into leather
      6: the activity of getting dressed; putting on clothes [syn:
         dressing, grooming]
      7: the act of applying a bandage [syn: dressing, bandaging,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  154 Moby Thesaurus words for "dressing":
     Ace bandage, Band-Aid, ablation, abrasion, abrasive, adhesive tape,
     ammonia, apparel, application, array, ass-reaming, attire,
     attrition, band, bandage, bandaging, bawling-out, bedizenment,
     binder, brace, buffing, burnishing, cast, castor-bean meal,
     cataplasm, chafe, chafing, chewing, clothes, clothing,
     commercial fertilizer, compost, compress, contour plowing, costume,
     cotton, court plaster, cravat, cultivating, cultivation, culture,
     cussing-out, detrition, drapery, dress, dressing-down, duds, dung,
     elastic bandage, enrichener, epithem, erasure, erosion, fallowing,
     farce, fashion, fatigues, feathers, fertilizer, fig, filing,
     forcemeat, four-tailed bandage, fretting, furrowing, galling, garb,
     garments, gauze, gear, going-over, grazing, grinding, guano, guise,
     habiliment, habit, harrowing, hoeing, investiture, investment,
     jacking-up, limation, linen, lint, listing, manure, muck,
     night soil, nitrate, nitrogen, organic fertilizer, phosphate,
     plaster, plaster cast, pledget, plowing, polishing, poultice,
     pruning, rags, raiment, raking-down, rasping, reaming, reaming-out,
     roasting, robes, roller, roller bandage, rubber bandage,
     rubbing away, sandblasting, sanding, scouring, scrape, scraping,
     scratch, scratching, scrub, scrubbing, scuff, setdown, shining,
     sling, smoothing, speaking-to, splint, sponge, sportswear,
     stuffing, stupe, style, superphosphate, talking-to, tampon, tape,
     tent, thinning, threads, tilling, togs, toilette, tourniquet,
     triangular bandage, trim, vestment, vesture, wear, wearing apparel,
     wearing away, weeding, what-for, working

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