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.
2A piece of material used to cover and protect a wound: an antiseptic dressing
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  • When the operation is complete, the incisions are closed with stitches and the four small wounds are covered with dressings.
  • Care of the skin, good hygiene, control of skin diseases such as tinea pedis, and careful antiseptic dressings after minor wounds are all important.
  • Make sure if you have open or infected wounds that these are kept covered with a waterproof dressing.
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.
manure, compost, dung, bonemeal, {blood, fish, and bone}, fishmeal, guano;

Words that rhyme with dressing

blessing, distressing, Lessing, pressing, unprepossessing

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