American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A fitted covering for the hand with a separate sheath for each finger and the thumb.
- n. A gauntlet.
- n. Sports Any of various coverings for the hand designed to provide protection or improve the grip, as:
- n. Sports An oversized leather glove used for catching baseballs, especially one with more finger sheaths than the catcher's or first baseman's mitt.
- n. Sports A glove made of leather and fabric having padding on the back and extending over the wrist, used in hockey and lacrosse.
- n. Sports A boxing glove.
- n. Sports A close-fitting leather glove used to improve the grip, as in batting or in golf.
- n. Baseball Fielding ability: a shortstop with a good glove.
- v. To furnish with gloves.
- v. To cover with or as if with a glove.
- v. To don gloves, as before performing an operation on a patient.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A covering for the hand having a separate sheath for each finger, and thus distinguished from a mitten. Gloves are made of a great variety of textile materials, of flexible leather, fur, etc. The form or make of gloves has sometimes constituted an indication of the rank of the wearer. Particular significance was formerly attached to certain uses of gloves, as to the wearing in the helmet or cap of a glove given by a lady as a favor or cognizance, or of one wrested from an enemy as a challenge; also to the throwing down of a glove as a defiance. See
- n. Specifically, a boxing-glove.
- n. In hatmaking, a wooden scraper used in felting hats in the battery. It is tied to the hand.
- To cover with or as with a glove.
- n. An item of clothing other than a mitten, covering all or part of the hand and fingers, but allowing independent movement of the fingers.
- n. baseball, figuratively The ability to catch a hit ball.
- n. idiomatic A condom.
- v. baseball, transitive To catch the ball in a baseball mitt
- v. transitive To put on a glove.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A cover for the hand, or for the hand and wrist, with a separate sheath for each finger. The latter characteristic distinguishes the
glovefrom the mitten.
- n. A boxing glove.
- v. To cover with, or as with, a glove.
- n. the handwear used by fielders in playing baseball
- n. boxing equipment consisting of big and padded coverings for the fists of the fighters; worn for the sport of boxing
- n. handwear: covers the hand and wrist
- From Middle English glove, glofe, from Old English glōf, *glōfe, *glōfa, ("glove"; weak forms attested only in plural form glōfan ("gloves")), from Proto-Germanic *galōfô (“glove”), from Proto-Germanic *ga- (“collective and associative prefix”) + Proto-Germanic *lōfô (“flat of the hand, palm”), from Proto-Indo-European *lāp-, *lēp-, *lep- (“flat”). Cognate with Scots gluve, gluive ("glove"), Icelandic glófi ("glove"). Related to Middle English lofe, lufe ("palm of the hand"). More at loof. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English glōf. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Alterations have taken place in the skin, the hair, the neck, and the head; the lower jaw has become bigger; the bones of the arms and legs have lengthened, and the American of to-day requires a different kind of glove from the Englishman.”
“One of the biggest vote buying scams is NEA, and they are hand in glove with the democrats.”
““The two [sets of records] could work hand in glove and be very effective in establishing a database that would serve multiple purposes,” he said.”
“If the Lib Dems, and others (not the Greens as they appear to be working hand in glove with the Tories) point out that the Tories can break a promise in five weeks it might make people wonder if the Tories can be trusted in Norwich to keep their word.”
“When you work hand in glove with the Tories doing their dirty work, you lose your credibility as unbiased.”
“Jim Hall believed that the judge knew all about it and was hand in glove with the police in the perpetration of the monstrous injustice.”
“Bidding for the glove is expected to start at $6,000; for the gates, at $20,000.”
“So while the velvet glove is currently on offer, inside it there is still an iron fist.”
“And not only did they do a story on this, but they worked behind the scenes, hand in glove with Democrats, to orchestrate congressional hearings to try to keep Nixon from being seated as vice president.”
“But like many people commenting above, we feel like soul mates, as if we are hand in glove, but soul mate or not, it does take dedication to work on us and the rship!”
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