v. draped, drap·ing, drapes
1. To cover, hang, or decorate with cloth in loose folds: draped the coffin with a flag; a robe that draped her figure.
2. To arrange or let fall in loose folds: draping the banner from the balcony.
3. To hang or rest limply: draped my legs over the chair.
To fall or hang in loose folds: arranged the cloth to drape over the table legs.
1. A drapery; a curtain.
2. A paper or cloth covering placed over a patient's body during medical examination or treatment, designed to provide privacy or a sterile operative field.
3. The way in which cloth falls or hangs: adjusted the drape of the gown.
[Middle English drapen, to weave, from Old French draper, from drap, cloth, from Late Latin drappus.]
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