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(ā′prŏn) [Fr. naperon, cloth]
1. An outer garment covering the front of the body for protection of clothing during surgery or certain nursing procedures.
2. Part of the body resembling an apron, e.g., redundant skin and underlying adipose tissue of the lower abdomen.

lead apron

An apron that contains lead or equivalent material and is sufficiently pliable to wear as protection from ionizing radiation. It is used to shield patients and personnel during radiological procedures.


n a piece of clothing worn in front of the body for protection.
apron band,
n a labioincisal or gingival extension of an orthodontic band that aids in retention of the band and in proper positioning of the bracket.
apron, lead,
n an apron made of materials containing metallic lead or lead compounds used to reduce radiation hazards.
apron, lingual,
apron, rubber dam,
n a small strip of rubber dam, perforated to fit over an implant abutment that is used to inhibit introduction of cement into the periimplant space.


1. the long hair under the neck and front of the chest seen in rough collie dogs.
2. large skin folds carried on the ventral neck of some strains of merino sheep.
3. a piece of leather suspended under the belly of a ram in front of the prepuce to prevent mating when the ram is used as a teaser.
4. the concrete slab placed in front of feeders in feedlots to reduce muddiness.
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In support of a four-door forestage at LIF, Lewcock cites another stage direction involving doors (Sir William Davenant 171).
The sudden appearance of Evening and the repeated entrances and exits of the rustics led by Jack could be realised using forestage doors, but the staging would be more comprehensible and more easily managed, in the appropriate masque style, if the actors made their entrances and exits through the wings.
10) Indeed, if he is referring to forestage doors at all, his request is strangely constructed.
It is easy to misinterpret this complex direction by thinking Behn's use of "the stage" must refer to the forestage.
The context suggests that Guzman's chair should be placed mid-stage, either in the scenic area or on the forestage.
Period theatre practice clearly involved entrances and exits through forestage doors and wing passageways.
Visser's model is predicated on four forestage doors, but to make sense of their use and to trace the action through the various fictional rooms he postulates, he is obliged not only to propose 'a further door in the backshutters (as does Southern), but also to abandon all his previous arrangements and to adopt a staging similar to the one proposed here, but with four doors instead of two: 'wings and back-shutter [sic] now represent the interior of Don Carlos's house.
Forestage doors are highly visible and, therefore, memorable and may attract strong fictional associations.
The target door should be a forestage door to allow the audience to witness the business with the lock and the accidental meeting.
They now enter through the stage-right forestage door, as from the fictional inner room, but in so doing they trap themselves, because the garden door has a 'Spring-lock,/ That opens onely on the other side'.
Octavio now persuades the others to retire to the inner room through the stage-right forestage door and he prepares to face the pursuers, who now enter using the stage-left forestage door.
Actions and stage directions which appear blurred if we assume different rooms and a four-door forestage suddenly snap into focus on a two-door stage.