American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small storage container in the dashboard of an automobile. Also called glove box.
- n. automotive 1939 A compartment recessed in an automobile’s dashboard, that usually has a door and can be locked, intended to hold gloves, papers, etc.
- n. compartment on the dashboard of a car
“All these addresses and names you should be able to find on my PalmPilot, which is in the glove compartment of my truck.”
“Danny looked in, saw an old plainclothesman dusting the glove compartment and a thin patch of dried blood dotted with white terrycloth on the rear seat cushion.”
“He found a lizardskin wallet, three marijuana cigarettes and no hardware; popped the glove compartment and flicked on the dashlight.”
“That’s when Barney Lembo opened his glove compartment and took a long white envelope from a whole box of them.”
“Fill the glove compartment with anti-boredom supplies and treats: Twizzlers, Tootsic Pops, bubble gum, a harmonica, a Polaroid camera for keeping an instant souvenir album, Jack Kerouac’s On the Road on CD.”
“Snapped the glove compartment open and lifted the big automatic out.”
“L.A. A.quick toss of the glove compartment got him DMV registration under the same name and a slew of unpaid traffic citations in their mailing envelopes.”
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