apron

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n apron a garment of cloth or leather or plastic that is tied about the waist and worn to protect your clothing
    • n apron a paved surface where aircraft stand while not being used
    • n apron the part of a modern theater stage between the curtain and the orchestra (i.e., in front of the curtain)
    • n apron (golf) the part of the fairway leading onto the green
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Apron A flooring of plank before a dam to cause the water to make a gradual descent.
    • Apron A leaden plate that covers the vent of a cannon.
    • Apron A piece of carved timber, just above the foremost end of the keel.
    • Apron 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.
    • Apron A platform, or flooring of plank, at the entrance of a dock, against which the dock gates are shut.
    • Apron A strip of lead which leads the drip of a wall into a gutter; a flashing.
    • Apron 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.
    • Apron Something which by its shape or use suggests an apron;
    • Apron The fat skin covering the belly of a goose or duck.
    • Apron The infolded abdomen of a crab.
    • Apron The piece that holds the cutting tool of a planer.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n apron A piece of apparel made in various ways for covering the front of the person more or less completely. It is ordinarily used while at work to keep the clothes clean or protect them from injury, for which purpose it is made of cotton or linen, or for blacksmiths, shoemakers, etc., of leather. Aprons of silk or other fine material are sometimes worn by ladies as an article of dress or for ornament. An apron is also part of certain official costumes, as that of an English bishop, and that of freemasons and of members of other secret or friendly societies.
    • n apron Anything resembling an apron in shape or use. The leather covering used to protect the lower part of the person while riding in an open carriage. A rectangular sheet of lead with a conical projection on the under side, used to cover the vent in heavy guns and field-pieces. Also called cap. A platform or flooring of plank at the entrance of a dock; the sill. In carpentry, the sill or lower part of a window. A strip of lead which directs the drip of a wall into a gutter. A piece of leather or boarding used to conduct loose moving material past an opening, as grain in a separator. Sheets of lead, or flashing, placed about skylights and at the intersection of dormer windows with the roof. The fat skin covering the belly of a goose. [Provincial.] In zoology, the abdomen of the brachyurous or short-tailed decapod crustaceans, as crabs: so called because it is folded under and closely applied to the thorax. Its width and general shape often distinguish the sexes.
    • n apron 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 apron In mech., the piece that holds the cutting-tool of a plane.
    • n apron Any device for protecting a surface of earth from the action of moving water. Examples of such devices are: a mattress of brushwood and logs anchored with stones, to protect river-banks from the action of the current;
    • apron To put an apron on; furnish with an apron; cover as with an apron.
    • n apron In mining, a block of timber forming an off-set to a pump-rod.
    • n apron 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 apron The vertical portion of the slide-rest of an engine-lathe which carries the clasp-nut and the gearing for the feed.
    • n apron The slide or grate of a punching- or shearing-machine.
    • n apron A platform built of timbers at the foot of a slide, which guides in the desired direction logs leaving the slide.
    • n apron The shield in front of the face of an undershot water-wheel, intended to keep the water in action upon the buckets.
    • n apron 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 apron 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 apron In saltmanuf., a shallow tray in which a dilute solution of brine is exposed to the sun to be evaporated and concentrated.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Apron ā′prun a cloth or piece of leather worn before one to protect the dress, or as part of a distinctive official dress, as by Freemasons, &c
    • Apron aprons of silk or the like are often worn by ladies for mere ornament: the short cassock ordinarily worn by English bishops: anything resembling an apron in shape or use, as a gig-apron, &c
    • v.t Apron to cover with, as with an apron
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Idioms

Apron strings - A man who is tied to a woman's apron strings is excessively dependent on her, especially when it is his mother's apron strings.
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Tied to your mother's apron strings - Describes a child (often a boy) who is so used to his mother's care that he (or she) cannot do anything on his (or her) own.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. napron, OF. naperon, F. napperon, dim. of OF. nape, F. nappe, cloth, tablecloth, LL. napa, fr. L. mappa, napkin, table napkin. See Map

Usage

In literature:

A clean, neat apron will always improve her appearance.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Science in Rural Schools" by Ministry of Education Ontario
Wish I had a long-sleeved apron, for my bare neck and arms.
"Little Ferns For Fanny's Little Friends" by Fanny Fern
How much has been concealed, how much has been defended in Aprons!
"Sartor Resartus, and On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History" by Thomas Carlyle
However, he met Big James, with flowing beard and flowing apron, crossing the yard.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
Make haste, and do up your dishes, and put on a clean apron, and come in to be married.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 101, March, 1866" by Various
Dey wore de best aprons wid long streamers ironed and starched out a hanging down dey backs.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2" by Works Projects Administration
Then she wiped her eyes with her apron and went in.
"Children of the Tenements" by Jacob A. Riis
And Aunt Grace sneaks around like a convict with her hand under her apron.
"Prudence Says So" by Ethel Hueston
Sairy had on a Sunday apron.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
The corner of her apron had brushed against my knees; I raised my head and saw the young girl sitting by my side.
"The Choice of Life" by Georgette Leblanc
She was thin an' pale, an' she had her apron in her hands, pluckin' at it.
"Mr. Dooley in Peace and in War" by Finley Peter Dunne
It was this woman's custom to put on as many dirty aprons as possible.
"Debts of Honor" by Maurus Jókai
Her tiny frame, clothed in a motley collection of undergarments, dress, and sweaters, is adorned by a clean white apron.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
Jane, with an old pillow-case pinned round her head and a huge apron on, was on her knees sorting feathers.
"Red Rose and Tiger Lily" by L. T. Meade
What's that in thine apron?
"The King's Daughters" by Emily Sarah Holt
At last, she pulled Ailwin's apron, so that the tall woman stooped down, to ask what she wanted.
"The Settlers at Home" by Harriet Martineau
She fanned herself with her apron.
"The Best Short Stories of 1919" by Various
Sure enough, Aunt Esmerelda was asleep in her chair with her apron thrown over her head.
"The Cat in Grandfather's House" by Carl Henry Grabo
His attitude of fury so contrasted with the pacific white apron which enveloped him, that she broke out into a laugh.
"The Squirrel-Cage" by Dorothy Canfield
There was a red flag on that car and I used it for an apron.
"Roy Blakeley's Camp on Wheels" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
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In poetry:

His mother in her apron took
Her gentle son in haste,
And by the fire-side, within
A walnut-shell him placed ;
"The Life And Death Of Tom Thumb" by Anonymous British
Her apron gave, as she did pass,
An odour more divine,
More pleasing too, than ever was
The lap of Proserpine.
"The Apron Of Flowers" by Robert Herrick
O she has rowd it in her apron,
And set it on the sea:
"Gae sink ye, or swim ye, bonny babe,
Ye's get na mair o me."
"The Queen's Marie" by Andrew Lang
So silent I when Love was by
He yawned, and turned away;
But Sorrow clings to my apron-strings,
I have so much to say.
"Anecdote" by Dorothy Parker
Her apron filled with early flowers,
And some were lightly bound
Into a wreath that sweetly lay
Her snowy temples round.
"Susie" by James Avis Bartley
And that apron still I see,--
White, with cherry-juice red-stained,--
Which you held; wherein I rained
Ripeness from the tree.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part II" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Butcher's apron masters tempo like a sure-handed blues band.
Gaetane Palard, owner of Island Gourmet Trails (in apron and hat) organizes food tours for visitors in the Comox Valley.
Polar Products, Inc. Polar Products, Inc has developed a new heavy duty vest style for the company's Cool Flow™ System, specifically designed for wear beneath lead aprons.
Picture a man standing alongside a flaming hot grill in a white apron, burger flipper in one hand and tongs in the other.
(WCBI) – New Hope teachers strapped on their aprons and served a few happy meals Thursday (12-6) night.
Rentals, including but not limited to table and bed linens , aprons, chef apparel and uniforms, will also be offered.
Camo BBQ Apron and Pot Holder.
All of the Masons wear aprons resembling the same type of apron worn by stonemasons.
Also, the Gold Medal collection includes flour sack towels, pot holders, oven mitts and aprons.
MnDOT Engineer Kelly Brunkhorst said crews expected to finish the concrete work (curb and gutter, median, trailering apron) at the Carver County Road 10 roundabout this week.
Apron Free Cook­ing — Coffee.
He traded in his blazer for a green apron and his gavel for a tray of hot holiday drinks.
An aproned teacher sits with them, the only one who's not wriggling.
She always had her kitchen apron on and was always smiling no matter what troubles came her way.
Providing a maximum cutting diameter of 16" and a maximum cutting length of 30", the lathe offers a 16" part swing over the front apron and 8.5" over the cross slide.
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