\ 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 These athletic gloves convert from glove to mitt and are a perfect choice for cold weather runs. Fiona Tapp, CNN Underscored, "New to Canada? This is your winter clothing survival guide," 26 Feb. 2021 There were faint blood spatters on sidewalk grasses and an errant black glove typically used by police left in the street. Time, "Lady Gaga’s Dog Walker Shot and Her 2 French Bulldogs Stolen in Armed Robbery," 26 Feb. 2021 Then there was Jonathan Huberdeau, who Khudobin robbed with a glitzy glove save in the third period. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Anton Khudobin’s shutout ends Stars’ three-week losing skid with 3-0 win over Florida," 25 Feb. 2021 This innovative pair by Savior Heat has a unique glove/mitten hybrid design. Rebecca Carhart, Travel + Leisure, "11 Top-rated Pairs of Heated Gloves to Wear This Winter," 24 Feb. 2021 Now the nurse’s safety glove was off, her wrist exposed. Erika Hayasaki, Wired, "How to Remember a Disaster Without Being Shattered by It," 23 Feb. 2021 Ronning got that one back for the Wolf Pack only 2:01 later, at 7:14, taking a pass from Will Cuylle, moving down right wing and beating Swayman’s catching glove with a snap shot. Staff Report,, "Bruins hand Wolf Pack second straight loss," 21 Feb. 2021 Most people keep multiple versions by their front doors, spares in purses and glove compartments. Leah Garchik, San Francisco Chronicle, "65 creative ways to reuse a face mask," 11 Feb. 2021 McLaughlin stole the puck in the Buckeyes zone and fed Walker, who sniped a wrist shot over Nappier's glove. Randy Johnson, Star Tribune, "Gophers hockey continues its hot streak, beating Ohio State 5-1," 29 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Rantanen was initially credited with a goal 27 seconds into the second period after Petersen was unable to cleanly glove McKinnon's wrist shot. Joe Reedy, Star Tribune, "MacKinnon reaches 500 points as Avalanche top Kings 3-2," 20 Jan. 2021 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

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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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2 Mar 2021

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“Glove.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 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


\ 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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