apron

apron [ā′prən]
n.
[by faulty separation of a napron < ME napron < OFr naperon < nape, a cloth < L mappa, napkin]
1. a garment of cloth, leather, etc. worn over the front part of the body, usually to protect one's clothes
2. anything like an apron in appearance or use; specif.,
a) a covering or extending part for protecting or shielding a structure, machine, etc.
b) a waterproof protecting shield in an open vehicle
c) the hard-surfaced area, often paved, in front of or next to the terminal or hangars of an airport
d) a broadened part of an automobile driveway, as where it joins the roadway
e) the part of a proscenium stage in front of the arch
f) an endless belt for carrying things
g) a protective work of planking or other material along a river bank, below a dam, etc.
vt.
to put an apron on or provide an apron for
apronlike
adj.

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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