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 for Apron
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Apron \A"pron\ ([=a]"p[u^]rn or [=a]"pr[u^]n; 277), n. [OE.
     napron, OF. naperon, F. napperon, dim. of OF. nape, F. nappe,
     cloth, tablecloth, LL. napa, fr. L. mappa, napkin, table
     napkin. See Map.]
     1. 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.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. 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.
        (f) 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.
            [1913 Webster]

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