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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 :

  Dress \Dress\, v. i.
     1. (Mil.) To arrange one's self in due position in a line of
        soldiers; -- the word of command to form alignment in
        ranks; as, Dress right, dress!
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     2. To clothe or apparel one's self; to put on one's garments;
        to pay particular regard to dress; as, to dress quickly.
        "To dress for a ball." --Latham.
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              To flaunt, to dress, to dance, to thrum. --Tennyson
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     To dress to the right, To dress to the left, To dress on
     the center (Mil.), to form alignment with reference to the
        soldier on the extreme right, or in the center, of the
        rank, who serves as a guide.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dress \Dress\, n.
     1. That which is used as the covering or ornament of the
        body; clothes; garments; habit; apparel. "In your
        soldier's dress." --Shak.
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     2. A lady's gown; as, silk or a velvet dress.
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     3. Attention to apparel, or skill in adjusting it.
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              Men of pleasure, dress, and gallantry. -- Pope.
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     4. (Milling) The system of furrows on the face of a
        millstone. --Knight.
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     Dress parade (Mil.), a parade in full uniform for review.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: suitable for formal occasions; "formal wear"; "a full-
             dress uniform"; "dress shoes" [syn: full-dress,
      2: (of an occasion) requiring formal clothes; "a dress dinner";
         "a full-dress ceremony" [syn: dress, full-dress]
      n 1: a one-piece garment for a woman; has skirt and bodice [syn:
           dress, frock]
      2: clothing of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion;
         "formal attire"; "battle dress" [syn: attire, garb,
      3: clothing in general; "she was refined in her choice of
         apparel"; "he always bought his clothes at the same store";
         "fastidious about his dress" [syn: apparel, wearing
         apparel, dress, clothes]
      v 1: put on clothes; "we had to dress quickly"; "dress the
           patient"; "Can the child dress by herself?" [syn: dress,
           get dressed] [ant: discase, disrobe, peel, strip,
           strip down, uncase, unclothe, undress]
      2: provide with clothes or put clothes on; "Parents must feed
         and dress their child" [syn: dress, clothe, enclothe,
         garb, raiment, tog, garment, habilitate, fit out,
         apparel] [ant: discase, disrobe, peel, strip,
         strip down, uncase, unclothe, undress]
      3: put a finish on; "dress the surface smooth"
      4: dress in a certain manner; "She dresses in the latest Paris
         fashion"; "he dressed up in a suit and tie" [syn: dress,
         dress up]
      5: dress or groom with elaborate care; "She likes to dress when
         going to the opera" [syn: preen, primp, plume, dress]
      6: kill and prepare for market or consumption; "dress a turkey"
         [syn: dress, dress out]
      7: arrange in ranks; "dress troops" [syn: dress, line up]
      8: decorate (food), as with parsley or other ornamental foods
         [syn: trim, garnish, dress]
      9: provide with decoration; "dress the windows" [syn: dress,
      10: put a dressing on; "dress the salads"
      11: cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of; "dress the
          plants in the garden" [syn: snip, clip, crop, trim,
          lop, dress, prune, cut back]
      12: cut down rough-hewn (lumber) to standard thickness and width
      13: convert into leather; "dress the tanned skins"
      14: apply a bandage or medication to; "dress the victim's
      15: give a neat appearance to; "groom the dogs"; "dress the
          horses" [syn: dress, groom, curry]
      16: arrange attractively; "dress my hair for the wedding" [syn:
          dress, arrange, set, do, coif, coiffe,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  364 Moby Thesaurus words for "dress":
     Mother Hubbard, accouter, adorn, anoint, apparel, appoint, arm,
     armory, arrange, array, attire, backset, badge, badge of office,
     badges, ballet skirt, bandage, bathe, baton, bawl out, beautify,
     bedeck, bedizen, bedizenment, bedrape, beeswax, berate,
     bib and tucker, bind, blazon, blazonry, bless, brassard, brush up,
     buff, bundle up, burnish, butcher, button, camouflage,
     cap and gown, care for, castigate, chain, chain of office,
     cheongsam, chew out, chiton, clad, class ring, clean,
     clear for action, clear the decks, clothe, clothes, clothing,
     cockade, cocktail dress, collar, color, costume, crinoline, cross,
     culottes, cultivate, culture, cure, cut, dab, dandify, daub, deck,
     deck out, decorate, decoration, delve, deploy, diagnose, dig,
     dight, dirndl, disguise, dizen, doctor, doll up, drag, drape,
     drapery, dress down, dress up, dresses, dressing, dub, dud, duds,
     eagle, embellish, emblazon, emblems, embrocate, embroider,
     enclothe, endue, enrich, enrobe, enshroud, ensigns, envelop,
     enwrap, equalize, equip, even, fallow, fasces, fashion, fatigues,
     fatten, feathers, fecundify, fertilize, fettle, fig, fig out,
     figurehead, fit, fit out, fit up, fix, fix up, flatten,
     fleur-de-lis, flux, force, frock, fructify, full skirt, furbish,
     furnish, garb, garment, garments, garnish, gear, get ready,
     give care to, glycerolate, gown, grace, grade, grass skirt, grease,
     grease the wheels, groom, guise, gussy up, gut, habiliment,
     habiliments, habilitate, habit, hammer and sickle, harrow, heal,
     heel, heraldry, hobble skirt, hoe, impregnate, inseminate,
     insignia, invest, investiture, investment, jumper, jupe, kilt,
     kirtle, labor, lap, lapel pin, lard, lay, level, linen, list,
     livery, lubricate, mace, make arrangements, make preparations,
     make ready, man, manicure, mantle, mantua, manure, markings,
     marshal, masquerade, massage, maxiskirt, medal, medicate,
     microskirt, midiskirt, miniskirt, minister to, mobilize,
     mortarboard, mow, muffle up, mulch, munition, muu-muu, nurse, oil,
     old school tie, operate on, ornament, outfit, overdress, paint,
     pannier, peplum, petticoat, physic, pin, pinafore, plan, plane,
     planish, plaster, plow, plume, polish, pomade, poultice, prank,
     prank up, prearrange, preen, prep, prepare, pretreat, prettify,
     primp, primp up, prink, prink up, process, prolificate, provide,
     prune, purge, put in shape, rag out, rags, raiment, rake, ready,
     ready up, rebuke, redecorate, redo, refurbish, regalia, remedy,
     reprimand, reprove, rig, rig out, rig up, ring, robe, robes, rose,
     rub, rub up, sack, salve, sand, sandblast, sandpaper, sari, sarong,
     school ring, scold, set off, set out, settle preliminaries,
     shamrock, shave, sheath, sheathe, shine, shirtdress, shroud,
     sigillography, skirt, skull and crossbones, slaughter, slick,
     slick on, slit skirt, smarten, smarten up, smear, smooth,
     smooth down, smooth out, smooth the way, soap the ways, spade,
     sphragistics, splint, sportswear, spruce up, staff, strap, style,
     suit, swaddle, swastika, swathe, tan, tartan, tea gown, tell off,
     tend, thin, thin out, things, thistle, threads, tie, till,
     till the soil, tire, titivate, togs, toilette, tongue-lash, treat,
     trick out, trick up, trim, try out, turn out, tutu, unguent,
     uniform, upbraid, verge, vestment, vesture, wand, wax, wear,
     wearing apparel, weed, weed out, work, wrap, wrap up

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

     (1.) Materials used. The earliest and simplest an apron of
     fig-leaves sewed together (Gen. 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 (Ex. 26:7; 35:6), which formed the sackcloth of
     mourners. This was the material of John the Baptist's robe
     (Matt. 3:4). Wool was also woven into garments (Lev. 13:47;
     Deut. 22:11; Ezek. 34:3; Job 31:20; Prov. 27:26). The Israelites
     probably learned the art of weaving linen when they were in
     Egypt (1 Chr. 4:21). Fine linen was used in the vestments of the
     high priest (Ex. 28:5), as well as by the rich (Gen. 41:42;
     Prov. 31:22; Luke 16:19). The use of mixed material, as wool and
     flax, was forbidden (Lev. 19:19; Deut. 22:11).
       (2.) Colour. The prevailing colour was the natural white of
     the material used, which was sometimes rendered purer by the
     fuller's art (Ps. 104:1, 2; Isa. 63:3; Mark 9:3). The Hebrews
     were acquainted with the art of dyeing (Gen. 37:3, 23). Various
     modes of ornamentation were adopted in the process of weaving
     (Ex. 28:6; 26:1, 31; 35:25), and by needle-work (Judg. 5:30; Ps.
     45:13). Dyed robes were imported from foreign countries,
     particularly from Phoenicia (Zeph. 1:8). Purple and scarlet
     robes were the marks of the wealthy (Luke 16:19; 2 Sam. 1:24).
       (3.) 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 Sam. 19:24; Isa. 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.
     14:12, 13, and rendered there "sheets."
       (c) An upper tunic (meil), longer than the "coat" (1 Sam.
     2:19; 24:4; 28:14). In 1 Sam. 28:14 it is the mantle in which
     Samuel was enveloped; in 1 Sam. 24:4 it is the "robe" under
     which Saul slept. The disciples were forbidden to wear two
     "coats" (Matt. 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 Sam. 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; Ps. 79:12; Hag. 2:12;
     Prov. 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," R.V., Isa. 3:22); (2)
     the "mantle," also a species of shawl (Isa. 3:22); (3) a "veil,"
     probably a light summer dress (Gen. 24:65); (4) a "stomacher," a
     holiday dress (Isa. 3:24). The outer garment terminated in an
     ample fringe or border, which concealed the feet (Isa. 47:2;
     Jer. 13:22).
       The dress of the Persians is described in Dan. 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 (Prov. 31:22; Acts 9:39).
       Extravagance in dress is referred to in Jer. 4:30; Ezek.
     16:10; Zeph. 1:8 (R.V., "foreign apparel"); 1 Tim. 2:9; 1 Pet.
     3:3. Rending the robes was expressive of grief (Gen. 37:29, 34),
     fear (1 Kings 21:27), indignation (2 Kings 5:7), or despair
     (Judg. 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 Sam. 15:30; casting them off,
     of excitement (Acts 22:23); laying hold of them, of supplication
     (1 Sam. 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).

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