\ 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 Aguilar accelerated his slow jog around the bases into a real trot, and an Angel Stadium employee scrambled into the empty space in front of the rock pile to retrieve Goodwin’s glove. Maria Torres, Los Angeles Times, "Andrew Heaney runs into trouble fast as injury-ravaged Angels fall to Rays," 13 Sep. 2019 The Cubs needed Hoerner’s glove as soon as Javier Baez was lost for the rest of the regular season, Addison Russell suffered concussion-like symptoms, and Triple-A Iowa shortstop Dixon Machado injured his hamstring. Mark Gonzales,, "4 takeaways from the Cubs-Padres series, including Yu Darvish’s importance and Nico Hoerner’s quick start," 12 Sep. 2019 If there was any concern about Dubon’s glove or bat, there wasn’t about his mind-set. John Shea,, "Giants’ Mauricio Dubon homers, doubles in loss to Cardinals," 2 Sep. 2019 The ball skimmed the top of May’s glove and hit him above the ear on the band of his cap. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Dodgers pitcher Dustin May 'okay' after taking line drive off head against Diamondbacks," 1 Sep. 2019 Bregman singled in and out of Nolan Arenado’s glove at third with one out. Paul Hoynes, oregonlive, "AL wins seventh straight All-Star Game, 4-3; Cleveland Indians’ Shane Bieber wins MVP," 9 July 2019 The ball deflected off Hernandez’s glove and into the outfield. Jorge Castillo,, "Infielders’ tough inning costs Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw in loss to Rockies," 29 June 2019 Giancarlo Stanton hit a pair of go-ahead, two-run singles, both off third baseman Yuli Gurriel’s glove, and the New York Yankees beat the Houston Astros 7-5 Saturday night for their eighth straight win., "Yankees get key hits off Astros’ gloves for 8th straight win," 23 June 2019 But the ball flew out of Saul Garza’s glove on the tag, giving Florida State its first run. Brody Miller,, "LSU baseball season ends with mistake-filled 5-4 loss to Florida State," 9 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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

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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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30 Oct 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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