DRESSING, participle present tense Adjusting to a line; putting in order; preparing; clothing; embellishing; cultivating.
1. Raiment; attire.
2. That which is used as an application to a wound or sore.
3. That which is used in preparing land for a drop; manure spread over land. When it remains on the surface, it is called a top-dressing.
4. In popular language, correction; a flogging, or beating.