- The definition of a drape is a cloth that hangs loosely or in folds.
An example of a drape is a curtain.
- Drape is defined as to cover or hang something with cloth, or to arrange cloth to fall in folds.
An example of drape is to put a light shawl over your shoulders.
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- to cover, hang, or decorate with or as with cloth or clothes in loose folds
- to arrange (a garment, cloth, etc.) artistically in folds or hangings
Origin: Middle English drapen, to weave into cloth, drape ; from Old French draper ; from drap: see drab
- cloth hanging in loose folds, or hanging loosely from the thing that it covers: a surgical drape
- a heavy curtain that hangs in loose folds; esp., either of a pair of such curtains
- the manner in which cloth hangs or is cut to hang, as in a garment
Origin: Fr drap, cloth
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verb draped draped, drap·ing, drapes verb, transitive
- To cover, dress, or hang with or as if with cloth in loose folds: draped the coffin with a flag; a robe that draped her figure. See Synonyms at clothe.
- To arrange or let fall in loose folds: draping the banner from the balcony.
- To hang or rest limply: draped my legs over the chair.
- A drapery; a curtain.
- A cloth arranged over a patient's body during a medical examination or treatment or during surgery, designed to provide a sterile field around the area being examined or treated or around the operative incision.
- The way in which cloth falls or hangs: adjusted the drape of the gown.
Origin: Middle English drapen, to weave, from Old French draper, from drap, cloth, from Late Latin drappus.
drape - Medical Definition