\ 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 Alonso turned in a defensive highlight at first base in the fifth, flopping toward the line to grab Dalbec’s sharp grounder before getting to his feet and diving to tag the bag with his glove. Jake Seiner,, "Richards strikes out 10, pitches Red Sox past Mets 2-1," 27 Apr. 2021 Padres left fielder Jurickson Profar could have made the easier play, but Grisham called him off and the ball richocheted off his glove and rolled to the wall. David Brandt, Star Tribune, "Kellys keep Diamondbacks rolling, beat Padres 5-1," 27 Apr. 2021 When his mother splurged on a night in the new seats — $500 for two tickets — Pyle wore his Justin Turner jersey and brought his glove. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, "That Dodgers fan didn’t really throw back a Fernando Tatis Jr. home run ball," 26 Apr. 2021 His bid for the no-no caught quite a break in the fifth, when Wilmer Difo hit a comebacker that Happ tried to scoop with his glove. Dave Campbell, ajc, "Happ loses no-hitter in 8th for Twins in 2-0 win vs Pirates," 24 Apr. 2021 Randy Wolf allowed the first two batters to reach but then induced a groundout from James Loney that second baseman Josh Wilson fielded and flipped with his glove to Betancourt, who in turn tossed to Fielder for the double play. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "After McKinney's incredible catch, a look at other memorable defensive moments in Brewers history," 21 Apr. 2021 On what looked to be the final out of the game, a ball went through Naylor’s legs at first base, barely touching his glove. Bernie Pleskoff, Forbes, "Several Cleveland Indians’ Defensive Positions Remain Unsettled," 20 Apr. 2021 But Garcia made a jumping catch at the wall, his glove extending just slightly above the top of the fence. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "With all eyes on Shohei Ohtani, Kohei Arihara instead took center stage in Rangers’ win over Angels," 20 Apr. 2021 With your glove on, take the oyster in your hand with the hinge facing toward you and the flat side up. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, "How to Shuck Oysters Like a Pro in 3 Easy Steps," 13 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Subban’s best stop was arguably his post-to-post glide to glove Darren Helm’s shot in the second period. Phil Thompson,, "Malcolm Subban pitches his 2nd shutout of the season in the Chicago Blackhawks’ 4-0 bounce-back win over the Detroit Red Wings," 18 Apr. 2021 The Giants had a runner at first in the third when first baseman Jesús Aguilar failed to glove a two-out grounder for an error, and Alex Dickerson followed with an RBI single. Steven Wine,, "Marlins shut out by Wood, Giants; Marte exits ninth-inning at-bat with injury," 18 Apr. 2021 Houck does, however, possess a four-seamer and sinker that are very different, with distinct grips, shapes, and locations (up and glove side with the four-seamer, down and arm side with the two-seamer)., "Why did the Red Sox demote Tanner Houck despite his success?," 9 Apr. 2021 After sliding across to glove down a shot by Vegas' Keegan Kolesar during a 2-on-1 rush in the second period, Talbot made another highlight-reel stop on the very next shift to again stymie Kolesar. Sarah Mclellan, Star Tribune, "Cam Talbot's dynamic saves are hardly a Wild rarity," 3 Apr. 2021 Jimenez went back to the left-field wall at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz., jumped and reached his arm and glove over the fence. Lamond Pope,, "Outfielder Eloy Jimenez will be out 5-6 months for the Chicago White Sox with a ruptured left pectoral tendon," 25 Mar. 2021 There was a moment in the second period when the puck was loose and the crease was crowded, but Bernier bellyflopped to glove the puck. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings score twice on power play, hold off red-hot Hurricanes for 4-2 victory," 17 Mar. 2021 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

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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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“Glove.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 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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