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glove

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noun \ ˈgləv \

Definition of glove

1 a :a covering for the hand having separate sections for each of the fingers and the thumb and often extending part way up the arm
b :1gauntlet 1
2 a (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
3 a :1gauntlet 3
b gloves plural :the restraints of civility
  • the gloves came off for the interview

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Origin and Etymology of glove

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


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glove

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Definition of glove

gloved; gloving
transitive verb
1 a :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

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First Known Use of glove

15th century



GLOVE Defined for English Language Learners

glove

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noun

Definition of glove for English Language Learners

  • : 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


GLOVE Defined for Kids

glove

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noun \ ˈgləv \

Definition of glove for Students

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

gloved

\ˈgləvd\ adjective


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