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dressing

[dres-ing] /ˈdrɛs ɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act of a person or thing that dresses.
2.
a sauce for food:
salad dressing.
3.
stuffing for a fowl:
turkey dressing.
4.
material used to dress or cover a wound.
5.
manure, compost, or other fertilizers.
6.
the ornamental detail of a building, especially that around openings.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English; see dress, -ing1
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British Dictionary definitions for dressings

dressings

/ˈdrɛsɪŋz/
plural noun
1.
dressed stonework, mouldings, and carved ornaments used to form quoins, keystones, sills, and similar features

dressing

/ˈdrɛsɪŋ/
noun
1.
a sauce for food, esp for salad
2.
(US & Canadian) a mixture of chopped and seasoned ingredients with which poultry, meat, etc, is stuffed before cooking Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) stuffing
3.
a covering for a wound, sore, etc
4.
manure or artificial fertilizer spread on land
5.
size used for stiffening textiles
6.
the processes in the conversion of certain rough tanned hides into leather ready for use
See also dressings
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Word Origin and History for dressings

dressing

n.

mid-14c., verbal noun from dress (v.). Sense in cookery is from c.1500. Meaning "bandage" is first recorded 1713. Dressing gown attested from 1777; dressing room from 1670s.

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dressings in Medicine

dressing n.
A therapeutic or protective material applied to a wound.

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