\ ˈgləv How to pronounce glove (audio) \

Definition of glove

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a covering for the hand having separate sections for each of the fingers and the thumb and often extending part way up the arm
2a(1) : a padded leather covering for the hand used in baseball to catch a thrown or batted ball specifically : one having individual thumb and finger sections usually connected with a lacing or webbing — compare mitt
(2) : fielding ability he's got a good glove at three positions and can pinch-hit— Casey Stengel
b gloves plural : the restraints of civility the gloves came off for the interview


gloved; gloving

Definition of glove (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to cover with or as if with a glove
b : to furnish with gloves
2 : to catch (something, such as a baseball) in one's gloved hand

Examples of glove in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And remember that latex glove found at the crime scene? Peter Van Sant, CBS News, "Tara Grinstead murder: Did authorities miss leads that could have potentially solved the case over a decade ago?," 2 Jan. 2021 Gyorko’s glove caught the shoulder of the Indians’ Delino DeShields, making a catch near impossible. Joshua Gunter, cleveland, "Top 20 Cleveland Indians pictures from 2020 by photographers," 28 Dec. 2020 Walker charged toward the net and snapped a shot past Souliere’s glove for a 2-1 Gophers lead with 0.8 seconds left in the first. Randy Johnson, Star Tribune, "Gophers hockey holds on to complete season-opening sweep over Penn State," 20 Nov. 2020 Kapler made Dubón the starting center fielder Aug. 16, and there was no more need for an infielder’s glove. John Shea,, "Giants’ Mauricio Dubón faces higher expectations in 2021, power included," 3 Nov. 2020 Pinch-hitter Joc Pederson stepped to the plate, and stroked Anderson’s 94-mph fastball into shallow right field, caroming off Lowe’s glove, scoring two runs and a 6-5 Dodgers’ lead. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Rays win Game 4 on wild walk-off, even World Series vs. Dodgers," 25 Oct. 2020 Kevin Kiermaier scored from second with the tying run, but when the ball kicked off center fielder Chris Taylor’s glove for an error, Arozarena, who started the play at first base, steamed around third and headed for home. Mike Digiovanna Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers’ Will Smith explains his view of fateful last play in Game 4," 25 Oct. 2020 Should the glove-on-a-stick make a surprise comeback in season 20? Maggie Fremont,, "The Voice finale recap: And the winner is...," 16 Dec. 2020 State Chief Operating Officer Josh Geballe, who oversaw the hunt for PPE in the spring, said the Amazon purchases were for a specific glove size. Dave Altimari,, "After scouring the globe for PPE in the spring, the state of Connecticut recently found what it needed on Amazon," 29 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In fact, when the pandemic and subsequent mask shortage hit, salons like Paintbox and Sundays in New York City stepped up and donated their mask and glove stock to first responders. Miss Pop, Allure, "How to Match Your Nail Art and Face Mask Like a Pro Manicurist," 21 Nov. 2020 Instead, Altuve short-hopped his throw to Gurriel, who couldn’t glove it. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Key error deals Astros Game 2 loss, 2-0 hole in ALCS," 12 Oct. 2020 Sogard did hit a couple balls hard off Cincinnati's Sonny Gray in Game 1 of the Brewers’ doubleheader Thursday but rightfielder Nick Castellanos was able to glove them both. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers place catcher Manny Piña on injured list with knee injury, recall Jacob Nottingham," 28 Aug. 2020 The seismic social and style changes that the late ’60s ushered in finally killed the idea that everyone had to glove up in polite society, relegating gloves mostly to winter utility or garden sheds. Jennifer Barger, National Geographic, "Gloves, running the ‘gauntlet’ of history," 7 July 2020 Khudobin makes an initial save and then dives to his left to glove a rebound chance by Teravainen that would have given the Hurricanes a one-goal lead at the first intermission. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "‘They make my job easy’: Breaking down the brilliance of Ben Bishop and Anton Khudobin," 7 June 2020 Two batters later, shortstop Luis Rengifo lunged to his right to glove a line drive, then tossed the ball to second base to catch Tellez off the bag and end the Blue Jays’ threat. Maria Torres,, "Tyler Skaggs dominates as Angels reach .500 in win over Blue Jays," 18 June 2019 Crawford ranged from his shortstop position to the other side of second base to glove Muncy’s grounder, then did a 360-degree turn in the outfield grass before throwing to first. John Shea,, "Giants’ Tyler Beede gets first big-league win by beating Dodgers," 18 June 2019 Darcy Kuemper couldn't glove the puck and two Coyotes defensemen couldn't lift sticks to negate the game-winning goal for Edmonton. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Coyotes can't close out Oilers, fall in shootout," 25 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of glove


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for glove


Middle English, from Old English glōf; akin to Old Norse glōfi glove

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13 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Glove.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of glove

: a covering for the hand that has separate parts for each finger
baseball : a padded leather covering for the hand that is used to catch the ball and that has individual thumb and finger sections
: a very thick, padded covering for the hand that is worn in the sport of boxing


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Kids Definition of glove

: a covering for the hand having a separate section for each finger

Other Words from glove

gloved \ ˈgləvd \ adjective

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