\ˈgləv \

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

b : gauntlet entry 1 sense 1

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 : boxing glove

3a : gauntlet entry 1 sense 3

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

So take it all with a grain of salt—and make sure to stock up on gloves and hats just in case. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "NOAA Predicts Winter Is Going to Be Warmer Than Usual for Most of the United States," 22 Oct. 2018 Wearing the wireless control glove, a user would control the robot's bending through wrist movement and its grippers through curling their index finger. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "This Soft Robotic Arm Is Built To Study the Ocean's Most Delicate Creatures," 3 Oct. 2018 Fashion illustrator Jenny Walton suggests stopping at Hestra's concept store for gloves and Antikt, Gammalt & Nytt for Kira Kira-worthy vintage jewelry. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Flight Deal: U.S. to Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo, or Helsinki from $449 Round-Trip," 21 Aug. 2018 In the photo, Sadie wears a black short-sleeved top with cutout neckline, slim cropped army green pants that oddly lace down the rest of her calf, moto boots, and sports accessories like black leather fingerless gloves and a black leather belt bag. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Disney Shared the First Look at Sadie Stanley As Kim Possible," 23 July 2018 The moment the fangs touch the glove, the venom glands plunge like hypodermic needles, shooting poison into saline. Kyle Dickman, Outside Online, "A Rattle with Death in Yosemite," 20 June 2018 Then, cut down the pinky side of the glove (opposite from the thumb) to create a dental dam. Korin Miller, SELF, "How Do I Lower the Risk of Getting an STI During Oral Sex?," 9 May 2018 For those who call him a hack with the glove, the Rangers have analytics that say otherwise and their eyes tell them otherwise. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction: Kiner-Falefa's debut has been fun, but he won't unseat Odor | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 25 Apr. 2018 One of the pics features the sonogram placed right next to a pair of driving gloves—because, remember, Arie loves cars!—and a sketchbook. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham Are Expecting Their First Child," 14 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

All’s well that ends well, as Shakespeare wrote, and because Monday night ended well for the Phillies, catcher Andrew Knapp was spared the indignity of costing his team by failing to glove the final out in the ninth inning. Scott Lauber,, "Phillies starter Nick Pivetta gives Cardinals a glimpse of his improvement | Extra Innings," 19 June 2018 The Aztecs nearly got out of the inning with a double-play, but Verdon couldn’t glove a low throw from third baseman Casey Schmitt for the third out. Kirk Kenney,, "Aztecs steamroll UNLV to win Mountain West tournament title," 26 May 2018 The Tigers' Nick Goodrum tried to glove it but smacked it to the ground. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Royals snap nine-game losing streak | The Kansas City Star," 20 Apr. 2018 Bruce Maxwell paused off second base to see if Carlos Correa would glove a hard grounder. Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle, "George Springer's RBIs help secure Astros' victory over A's," 9 May 2018 Third baseman Maikel Franco couldn’t glove a chopper by Rodriguez, who scored two batters later when Starling Marte’s pop fly fell between center fielder Odubel Herrera and backpedaling second baseman Cesar Hernandez. Scott Lauber,, "Aaron Nola, Rhys Hoskins lift Phillies over Pirates again," 21 Apr. 2018 Belt ranged well off the first-base bag to glove it, then spun and looked to first – and saw no one. azcentral, "Missed chances add up as Diamondbacks fall to Giants," 19 Apr. 2018 Sophomore shortstop Sebastian Murillo went to his knees to glove it. Andrew Turner,, "Fountain Valley baseball cannot solve Will Laws in loss to Los Alamitos," 12 Apr. 2018 This was a time when people were terrified to touch people with HIV, people would glove, mask and gown up in regular hospitals. Simon Perry,, "Prince Harry Shares How His Mom Princess Diana, at ‘Only 25 Years Old,’ Fought Homophobia," 12 Oct. 2017

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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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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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