verb (used with object), draped, draping.
to cover or hang with cloth or other fabric, especially in graceful folds; adorn with drapery.
to adjust (curtains, clothes, etc.) into graceful folds, attractive lines, etc.
to arrange, hang, or let fall carelessly: Don't drape your feet over the chair!
Medicine/Medical, Surgery. to place cloth so as to surround (a part to be examined, treated, or operated upon).
(in reinforced-concrete construction) to hang (reinforcement) in a certain form between two points before pouring the concrete.
to put a black cravat on (a flagstaff) as a token of mourning.
verb (used without object), draped, draping.
to hang, fall, or become arranged in folds, as drapery: This silk drapes well.
a curtain or hanging of heavy fabric and usually considerable length, especially either of a pair for covering a window and drawn open and shut horizontally.
either of a pair of similar curtains extending or draped at the sides of a window, French doors, or the like as decoration.
manner or style of hanging: the drape of a skirt.

1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French draper, derivative of drap cloth (see drab1)

drapable, drapeable, adjective
drapability, drapeability, noun
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drape (dreɪp)
1.  (tr) to hang or cover with flexible material or fabric, usually in folds; adorn
2.  to hang or arrange or be hung or arranged, esp in folds
3.  (tr) to place casually and loosely; hang: she draped her arm over the back of the chair
4.  (often plural) a cloth or hanging that covers something in folds; drapery
5.  the way in which fabric hangs
[C15: from Old French draper, from drap piece of cloth; see drab1]

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Word Origin & History

mid-15c., from O.Fr. draper "to weave," from drap "cloth," from L.L. drapus, of Gaulish origin (cf. O.Ir. drapih "mantle, garment"). Meaning "to cover with drapery" is from 1847. The noun is from 1660s. Jive talk slang for "suit of clothes" is attested from 1945.
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drape (drāp)
v. draped, drap·ing, drapes
To cover, dress, or hang with or as if with cloth in loose folds. n.
A cloth arranged over a patient's body during an examination or treatment or during surgery, designed to provide a sterile field around the area.

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