A"pron [OE. napron, OF. naperon, F. napperon, dim. of OF. nape, F. nappe, cloth, tablecloth, LL. napa, fr. L. mappa, napkin, table napkin. See Map.]


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.


Something which by its shape or use suggests an apron; as, (a) The fat skin covering the belly of a goose or duck.

[Prov. Eng.] Halliwell. (b)

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.

"The weather being too hot for the apron." Hughes. (c) Gun.

A leaden plate that covers the vent of a cannon.

(d) Shipbuilding

A piece of carved timber, just above the foremost end of the keel.

Totten. (e)

A platform, or flooring of plank, at the entrance of a dock, against which the dock gates are shut.


A flooring of plank before a dam to cause the water to make a gradual descent.

(g) Mech.

The piece that holds the cutting tool of a planer.

(h) Plumbing

A strip of lead which leads the drip of a wall into a gutter; a flashing.

(i) Zool.

The infolded abdomen of a crab.


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