4. [F. dressoir. See Dress, v. t.] (a) A table or bench on which meat and other things are dressed,
or prepared for use. (b) A cupboard or set of shelves to receive dishes and cooking utensils.
The pewter plates on the dresserLongfellow.
Caught and reflected the flame, as shields of armies the sunshine.
(Dress" goods") A term applied to fabrics for the gowns of women and girls; most commonly
to fabrics of mixed materials, but also applicable to silks, printed linens, and calicoes.
(Dress"i*ness) n. The state of being dressy.
1. Dress; raiment; especially, ornamental habiliment or attire. B. Jonson.
2. (Surg.) An application (a remedy, bandage, etc.) to a sore or wound. Wiseman.
3. Manure or compost over land. When it remains on the surface, it is called a top-dressing.
4. (Cookery) (a) A preparation to fit food for use; a condiment; as, a dressing for salad. (b) The stuffing
of fowls, pigs, etc.; forcemeat.
5. Gum, starch, and the like, used in stiffening or finishing silk, linen, and other fabrics.
6. An ornamental finish, as a molding around doors, windows, or on a ceiling, etc.
7. Castigation; scolding; often with down. [Colloq.]
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 toilet.
Dressing table, a table at which a person may dress, and on which articles for the toilet stand.
Top-dressing, manure or compost spread over land and not worked into the soil.
(Dress"mak`er) n. A maker of gowns, or similar garments; a mantuamaker.
(Dress"mak`ing), n. The art, process, or occupation, of making dresses.
(Dress"y) a. Showy in dress; attentive to dress.
A dressy flaunting maidservant.T. Hook.
A neat, dressy gentleman in black.W. Irving.
(Drest) p. p. of Dress.
(Dretch) v. t. & i. See Drecche. [Obs.]
(Dreul) v. i. To drool. [Obs.]
(Drev"il) n. A fool; a drudge. See Drivel.
(Drew) imp. of Draw.
(Drey) n. A squirrel's nest. See Dray. [Obs.]
(Dreye) a. Dry. [Obs.] Chaucer.