Definition of dressing in English:



  • 1[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’
    • ‘But it offers one more reason to eat seafood a few times a week without worrying that the soy oil in your salad dressing will cancel out the seafood's benefits.’
    • ‘That's just a few cookies or 2 tablespoons of salad dressing, but it can add up to losing 20 pounds in one year.’
    • ‘It can be used in tea, as a substitute for brown sugar, for salad dressing, and for many other great things.’
    • ‘Chopped and mixed with salad dressing and pickles, Spam made a passable deviled ham.’
    • ‘But sugar is also in a lot of other places you may never even suspect - smoothies, salad dressing, iced tea, spaghetti sauce, even soup!’
    • ‘The rest - salad dressing, ketchup, mustard - is too mundane to mention.’
    • ‘Stay with vinegar-and-oil salad dressing, and when in doubt, ask for it on the side.’
    • ‘What's in your bottled salad dressing and mayonnaise?’
    • ‘Make your own salad dressing - simple olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and Dijon mustard whisked together is better than most prepared dressings.’
    • ‘Now I end up with large pools of salad dressing and cream sauce on my plate, where it has run off my lettuce leaves and meat.’
    • ‘We do have a home made, sugar free mint sauce and a home made oil and fat free vinaigrette salad dressing.’
    • ‘Maybe I should carry a little jar of hot fudge around with me, the way that some people carry around their own hot sauce or salad dressing.’
    • ‘It has a malty taste which may be disliked in salad dressing but appreciated in pickles.’
    • ‘A fresh herb in any salad dressing really makes it sparkle.’
    • ‘Then flavour with crushed garlic, tomato purée, chilli or fresh herbs for dips or salad dressing.’
    • ‘And you can have some unsaturated fats like salad dressing, cooking oil, nuts, and avocado.’
    • ‘Below is a suggestion for a homemade honey mustard salad dressing.’
    • ‘A handful of potato chips or a tablespoon of salad dressing each has about 100 calories.’
    • ‘A dash serving of full-fat salad dressing is one tablespoon.’
    • ‘Other enemies of silver include table salt, olives, salad dressing, eggs, vinegar and fruit juices.’
    sauce, relish, condiment, dip, flavouring
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    1. 1.1North American Stuffing.
      ‘turkey with apple dressing’
      • ‘I can't decide whether to have the traditional turkey and dressing, or to maybe do something like beef tenderloin.’
      • ‘I'll be enjoying tomorrow with my family, eating way too much turkey and dressing, along with some fine sides and desserts.’
      • ‘Turkey and dressing are not on our list of dyes, but cranberries make a beautiful pink and red dye.’
      • ‘It's the reason so many of us end Thanksgiving dinner stuffed with turkey, dressing and sweet potatoes, but somehow manage to find room for pie.’
      • ‘Start turkey and dressing five hours before you expect to serve dinner.’
      filling, forcemeat, farce, salpicon
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  • 2A piece of material used to cover and protect a wound.

    ‘an antiseptic dressing’
    • ‘The wound is covered with a sterile dressing, and the surgeon or nurse will tell you how to look after it until it's healed.’
    • ‘When the operation is complete, the incisions are closed with stitches and the four small wounds are covered with dressings.’
    • ‘Visitors are also to be told not to touch wound dressings, drips and monitors of the person they are visiting.’
    • ‘For an acute burn which will be referred to a burn centre, cling film is an ideal dressing as it protects the wound, reduces heat and evaporative losses, and does not alter the wound appearance.’
    • ‘At Strathclyde University, researchers have developed wound dressings and stitches containing waterborne viruses that kill the bacteria.’
    • ‘He undid the loose shirt he wore and showed her the angry red scars of the recently healed wounds and the dressings that still covered the deeper wounds.’
    • ‘Surgical dressings are covered for as long as they are medically necessary.’
    • ‘Charges for supplies used to clean the wound and reapply wound dressings, as noted on the home care progress notes, were estimated using a single distributor's price list for the first year of the study.’
    • ‘Often, the wound will be covered with a dressing but left open to heal, especially if it is more than 6 hours old, as this is the best way to prevent infection.’
    • ‘Stitches will hold it in place and, after covering the wound with a dressing, he can go back to work.’
    • ‘Care of the skin, good hygiene, control of skin diseases such as tinea pedis, and careful antiseptic dressings after minor wounds are all important.’
    • ‘Then he covered it up with a soft dressing to keep the wound clean.’
    • ‘The text covers aseptic technique, local and topical anesthesia, wound dressings, sutures, and suturing techniques.’
    • ‘Make sure if you have open or infected wounds that these are kept covered with a waterproof dressing.’
    • ‘According to Wells, use of the silver-ion formulations in wound dressings, urinary catheters, and other medical products can help to reduce infection.’
    • ‘The fibers are also being used in dressings for wounds.’
    • ‘More recently, it was used in both world wars as an oral medicine for battlefield infections and as a wound dressing.’
    • ‘To ease his pain, morphine was administered and the medic started to apply a field dressing to the neck wound.’
    • ‘The new facility in Gargrave will be used to develop new advanced wound dressings and other new items.’
    • ‘A silver-ion material that prevents bacterial contamination has been used as an additive in a medical foam for wound dressings.’
    bandage, covering, plaster, gauze, lint, compress, ligature, swathe, poultice, salve
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  • 3[mass noun] Size or stiffening used in the finishing of fabrics.

    ‘fabrics finished with dressing will work successfully when cut an inch wide’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is important to ensure that the dressing is rubbed well into the fabric, and not allowed to remain thickly on the surface.’
  • 4A fertilizing substance such as compost or manure spread over or ploughed into land.

    ‘a dressing of blood, fish, and bone’
    • ‘A heavier than normal fertilizer dressing should be applied on paddocks that didn't receive nitrogen after the last grazing.’
    • ‘Feed with a high nitrogen fertilizer, and add side dressings of compost or aged manure to the soil to help promote rapid growth.’
    • ‘Heavy feeders, sunflowers appreciate a side dressing of compost or fertilizer during the growing season.’
    • ‘This plant is a heavy feeder, so a side dressing of compost every four to six weeks will give you optimum results.’
    • ‘A light dressing of fertiliser in the middle of April will help to get the lawn going.’
    • ‘Give fruit trees and bushes a dressing of autumn fertiliser, low in nitrogen but high in potassium and phosphorous.’
    • ‘My task is the opposite of the big hammer approach - sweeping, cleaning, and applying autumn dressing and mulches to those plants that need it.’
    • ‘My ground was prepared exactly the same for both, same amount of stable manure, everything except the side dressing of Nitrate of Soda on one and not on the other.’
    fertilizer, mulch
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