\ 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

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Examples of glove in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Smith has been in more than 40 fights in his 12-season NHL career and is willing to drop the gloves in the right situations. Jimmy Greenfield,, "Zack Smith believes fighting has a place in hockey — but that doesn’t mean the Blackhawks forward wants to hurt anybody: ‘It’s not a good feeling’," 6 Dec. 2019 While the earmuffs sell for $1,250 on the luxury vintage retailer's website, the gloves are currently retailing for $765. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner Goes From Snow Bunny to Snow Vixen in Winter Wonderland," 6 Dec. 2019 Cook handled soup garnish without gloves then placed the garnish into two soup containers. Ebony Day, azcentral, "Moldy jalapeños and cream cheese found in Phoenix-area restaurant inspections," 4 Dec. 2019 Between hand-washing, dry air, and the inevitable exposure to the elements (sure, gloves are great, but sometimes a text message just can't wait) all take their toll, ravaging your cuticles and leaving them split and peeling. Allure, "The 14 Best Cuticle Treatments for Fighting Winter Dryness," 23 Nov. 2019 These gloves would have been rubber -- first introduced by William Stewart Halsted at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland in the 1890s -- but designed to last, boiled for sterilization and repaired rather than disposed of in favor of a new pair. Alice Bell, CNN, "Can science break its plastic addiction?," 5 Nov. 2019 The Maple Leafs’ best chance of the second came after Sean Kuraly threw the puck in front of his own net, but Barrie was robbed by Halak with the glove. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Rielly’s 2nd goal lifts Maple Leafs past Bruins 4-3 in OT," 19 Oct. 2019 Striking her best pose, Gaga channelled one of her icons, Marilyn Monroe, in a strapless dress in a pink houndstooth print—with the matching gloves to go with it, of course. Vogue, "Pretty in Pink? Lady Gaga Goes For Pretty in Punk," 7 Oct. 2019 Since taking power in 2018, Bolsonaro has rapidly pulled off the gloves protecting the Amazon and holds no pretext of preserving it, exacerbating the plunder that has been in progress for generations. Will Meyer, Longreads, "Fire Sale: Finance and Fascism in the Amazon Rainforest," 4 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Kuraly sprang from the box and went on a two-on-one break with Lindholm, who cleaned up a Kuraly shot that Hutchinson couldn’t glove., "Maple Leafs," 23 Oct. 2019 There was a rare defensive mistake when Kostas Manolas gifted the ball to Salah in a great position but Napoli goalkeeper Alex Meret extended to glove the Egypt international’s shot wide. Andrew Dampf, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Napoli beats defending champion Liverpool 2-0," 17 Sep. 2019 Joey Votto followed with what should have been a double-play grounder to Keston Hiura at second, but Tyler Saladino failed to glove his feed. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Reds 14, Brewers 6: Going from bad to worse in a hurry," 23 July 2019 The defense let Jhoulys Chacín down early in the second when, with Brandon Crawford on first, Eric Thames couldn't glove Yastrzemski's hot shot to first. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Giants 8, Brewers 3: Another bullpen collapse ends the series on an ugly note," 14 July 2019 With two runners aboard and two outs, Muncy bounced a ball to the right of second base, and shortstop Brandon Crawford went a long way to glove it. John Shea,, "Giants’ Sandoval spiked on hand, needs stitches: ‘It was worth it’," 18 June 2019 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

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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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The first known use of glove was before the 12th century

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11 Dec 2019

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“Glove.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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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


\ ˈgləv How to pronounce glove (audio) \

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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