Meaning of drape

drape

Pronunciation: (drāp), [key]
— v., n. draped, drap•ing,
—v.t.
  1. to cover or hang with cloth or other fabric, esp. in graceful folds; adorn with drapery.
  2. to adjust (curtains, clothes, etc.) into graceful folds, attractive lines, etc.
  3. to arrange, hang, or let fall carelessly: Don't drape your feet over the chair!
  4. to place cloth so as to surround (a part to be examined, treated, or operated upon).
  5. (in reinforced-concrete construction) to hang (reinforcement) in a certain form between two points before pouring the concrete.
  6. to put a black cravat on (a flagstaff&hasp;) as a token of mourning.
—v.i.
  1. to hang, fall, or become arranged in folds, as drapery: This silk drapes well.
—n.
  1. a curtain or hanging of heavy fabric and usually considerable length, esp. either of a pair for covering a window and drawn open and shut horizontally.
  2. either of a pair of similar curtains extending or draped at the sides of a window, French doors, or the like as decoration.
  3. manner or style of hanging: the drape of a skirt.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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