Meaning of APRON in English


— apronlike , adj.

/ay"preuhn/ , n.

1. a garment covering part of the front of the body and tied at the waist, for protecting the wearer's clothing: a kitchen apron.

2. Anglican Ch. a similar garment extending to the knees, worn by bishops, deans, and archdeans.

3. a metal plate or cover, usually vertical, for a machine, mechanism, artillery piece, etc., for protecting those who operate it.

4. a continuous conveyor belt for bulk materials, consisting of a chain of steel plates.

5. (in a lathe) a part of the carriage holding the clutches and gears moving the toolholder.

6. a paved or hard-packed area abutting an airfield's buildings and hangars, where planes are parked, loaded, or the like.

7. a broad paved area used for parking cars, as at the end of a driveway.

8. Civ. Eng.

a. any device for protecting a surface of earth, as a riverbank, from the action of moving water.

b. a platform to receive the water falling over a dam.

9. the part of a stage floor in front of the curtain line.

10. Furniture. skirt (def. 6).

11. the outer border of a green of a golf course.

12. the part of the floor of a boxing ring that extends outside the ropes.

13. Also called skirt . a flat, broad piece of interior window trim immediately beneath the sill. See diag. under double-hung .

14. a strip of metal set into masonry and bent down to cover the upper edge of flashing; counterflashing.

15. the open part of a pier for loading and unloading vessels.

16. Naut. (in a wooden vessel) a piece reinforcing the stem on the after side and leading down to the deadwood.

17. Geol. a deposit of gravel and sand at the base of a mountain or extending from the edges of a glacier.

18. the frill of long hairs on the throat and chest of certain long-haired dogs, as the collie.

19. a structure erected around another structure, as for reinforcement or decoration: a high fence surrounded by a wire apron buried in the ground.


20. to put an apron on; furnish with an apron.

21. to surround in the manner of an apron: The inner city is aproned by low-cost housing.

[ 1275-1325; 1925-30 for def. 6; 1900-05 for def. 8; ME napron (by later misconstruing a napron as an apron ) naperon, equiv. to nape tablecloth ( mappa napkin; cf. MAP) + -ron dim. suffix ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .