Definition of dressing in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈdrɛsɪŋ


  • 1 (also salad dressing) [mass noun] A sauce for salads, typically one consisting of oil and vinegar with herbs or other flavourings: vinaigrette dressing [mass noun]: sprinkle each salad lightly with dressing
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    • Then flavour with crushed garlic, tomato purée, chilli or fresh herbs for dips or salad dressing.
    • Other enemies of silver include table salt, olives, salad dressing, eggs, vinegar and fruit juices.
    • The rest - salad dressing, ketchup, mustard - is too mundane to mention.
  • 1.1North American Stuffing: turkey with apple dressing
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    • I'll be enjoying tomorrow with my family, eating way too much turkey and dressing, along with some fine sides and desserts.
    • I can't decide whether to have the traditional turkey and dressing, or to maybe do something like beef tenderloin.
    • Start turkey and dressing five hours before you expect to serve dinner.
  • 3 [mass noun] Size or stiffening used in the finishing of fabrics: fabrics finished with dressing will work successfully when cut an inch wide
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    • It is important to ensure that the dressing is rubbed well into the fabric, and not allowed to remain thickly on the surface.
    • Most shoemakers work in big factories where conditions are usually unhealthy because of the noise and working with chemical substances such as glues, solvents and dressings.
  • 4A fertilizing substance such as compost or manure spread over or ploughed into land: a dressing of blood, fish, and bone
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    • Heavy feeders, sunflowers appreciate a side dressing of compost or fertilizer during the growing season.
    • Feed with a high nitrogen fertilizer, and add side dressings of compost or aged manure to the soil to help promote rapid growth.
    • Give fruit trees and bushes a dressing of autumn fertiliser, low in nitrogen but high in potassium and phosphorous.
    fertilizer, mulch; manure, compost, dung, bonemeal, {blood, fish, and bone}, fishmeal, guano; humus, peat; top-dressing

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