from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A garment, usually fastened in the back, worn over all or part of the front of the body to protect clothing.
  • n. Something, such as a protective shield for a machine, that resembles this garment in appearance or function.
  • n. The paved strip in front of and around airport hangars and terminal buildings.
  • n. The part of a stage in a theater extending in front of the curtain.
  • n. A platform, as of planking, at the entrance to a dock.
  • n. A covering or structure along a shoreline for protection against erosion.
  • n. A platform serving a similar purpose below a dam or in a sluiceway.
  • n. A continuous conveyor belt.
  • n. An area covered by sand and gravel deposited at the front of a glacial moraine.
  • n. A border of slightly longer grass that surrounds a green on a golf course.
  • n. The part of a boxing ring floor that extends beyond the ropes.
  • transitive v. To cover, protect, or provide with an apron.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An article of clothing worn over the front of the torso and/or legs for protection from spills.
  • n. A hard surface bordering a structure or area.
  • n. The sides of a tree’s canopy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An article of dress, of cloth, leather, or other stuff, worn on the fore part of the body, to keep the clothes clean, to defend them from injury, or as a covering. It is commonly tied at the waist by strings.
  • n. Something which by its shape or use suggests an apron
  • n. The fat skin covering the belly of a goose or duck.
  • n. A piece of leather, or other material, to be spread before a person riding on an outside seat of a vehicle, to defend him from the rain, snow, or dust; a boot.
  • n. A leaden plate that covers the vent of a cannon.
  • n. A piece of carved timber, just above the foremost end of the keel.
  • n. A platform, or flooring of plank, at the entrance of a dock, against which the dock gates are shut.
  • n. A flooring of plank before a dam to cause the water to make a gradual descent.
  • n. The piece that holds the cutting tool of a planer.
  • n. A strip of lead which leads the drip of a wall into a gutter; a flashing.
  • n. The infolded abdomen of a crab.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To put an apron on; furnish with an apron; cover as with an apron.
  • n. . A piece of apparel made in various ways for covering the front of the person more or less completely.
  • n. . Anything resembling an apron in shape or use.
  • n. . In ship carpentry, a piece of curved timber placed in a ship just above the foremost end of the keel, to join together the several pieces of the stem. Also called stomach-piece. See cut under stem.
  • n. 4. In mech., the piece that holds the cutting-tool of a plane.
  • n. 5. Any device for protecting a surface of earth from the action of moving water.
  • n. In mining, a block of timber forming an off-set to a pump-rod.
  • n. In gold-milling, the amalgamated copper plates outside of a stamp-battery, used to collect the gold from the pulp which flows over these plates in a thin stream from the mortar. Also apron-plate.
  • n. The vertical portion of the slide-rest of an engine-lathe which carries the clasp-nut and the gearing for the feed.
  • n. The slide or grate of a punching- or shearing-machine.
  • n. A platform built of timbers at the foot of a slide, which guides in the desired direction logs leaving the slide.
  • n. The shield in front of the face of an undershot water-wheel, intended to keep the water in action upon the buckets.
  • n. An overwashed deposit of gravel and sand such as is commonly spread southward from the greater moraines of the northeastern United States. Also frontal apron and morainic apron.
  • n. A trough or channel, or a shallow vat, of considerable width as compared with its depth, over which water or other liquid flows in a thin wide sheet, or in which it stands; specifically, the wide, shallow channel through which the water flows to the periphery of a breast-wheel or overshot wheel.
  • n. In saltmanuf., a shallow tray in which a dilute solution of brine is exposed to the sun to be evaporated and concentrated.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the part of a modern theater stage between the curtain and the orchestra (i.e., in front of the curtain)
  • n. a garment of cloth or leather or plastic that is tied about the waist and worn to protect your clothing
  • n. a paved surface where aircraft stand while not being used
  • n. (golf) the part of the fairway leading onto the green


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from an apron, alteration of a napron, from Old French naperon, diminutive of nape, tablecloth, from Latin mappa, napkin; see map.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Earlier napron, from Old French napperon, diminutive of nappe ("tablecloth"), from Latin nappa ("napkin"). The phrase a napron was reinterpreted as an apron, that is why the initial n is now missing.



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