\ 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 Bring a water bottle, work gloves, tools (saws, loppers, rakes, etc.)., "Community News For The Vernon Edition," 8 Nov. 2019 Tomas Tatar beat Rask from the circle, low glove, on a quick-developing 2-on-1., "Across the league, teams have allowed five or more goals about 20 percent of the time. In Boston, 6 percent. Once in 15 games. That was Tuesday, when Rask spit the bit in Montreal.," 7 Nov. 2019 Plastic petri dishes, bottles of various shapes and sizes, several types of glove, a dizzying array of pipettes and pipette tips, a hoard of sample tubes and vials. Alice Bell, CNN, "Can science break its plastic addiction?," 5 Nov. 2019 When jumps go badly, Messing crashes to the ice with nothing to protect his 5-foot-5 body other than gloves, a pair of skating pants and either a T-shirt or light jacket. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Inspired by love and by loss, an Alaska figure skater brings his emotions to the ice," 2 Nov. 2019 The Freemasons handed Monica Conyers a commemorative 33rd Degree ring and placed a white glove (a symbol of fidelity), a white cloth (a symbol of purity), and an evergreen branch (a symbol of immortality of the soul) in Conyers' casket. Omar Abdel-baqui, Detroit Free Press, "Public viewing held for former US Rep. John Conyers at Charles H. Wright," 2 Nov. 2019 Cook was also adorned in a leather jacket, leather gloves, a leather flying cap, boots and goggles that recalled Buck Rogers, the fictional 1930s space character who flew with the aid of a jetpack. Blair Kamin,, "Column: Architects come to a party dressed as their skyscrapers and paint a picture of today’s high-rise scene," 31 Oct. 2019 Not only so your child can distinguish it from teammates’ belongings, but also so parents can distinguish one child’s baseball glove, soccer shorts or helmet from their other children’s equipment. Nicole Anzia, Washington Post, "So many kids’ sports, so little space," 23 Oct. 2019 On the advice of experts, my car was backed into the driveway for a quick escape, its hatch packed with 7 gallons of water and a go-bag including leather gloves, breathing masks, spare clothes, headlamps and emergency food. Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica, "A Taste of the Climate Apocalypse to Come," 22 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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13 Nov 2019

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

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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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