from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See glove compartment.
  • n. An enclosed workspace equipped with gloved openings that allow manipulation in the interior, designed to prevent contamination of the product, the environment, or the worker.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small compartment with a door on the dashboard of a car, usually on passenger side, to store (and sometime lock) items.
  • n. A plastic box or similar enclosure containing a controlled environment, with rubber gloves fastened around holes in the front of the box through which a person can manipulate things in the box without introducing outside contamination; an isolator.


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  • He grabbed his Stetson, rammed it onto his head, pulled a flashlight from the glove box and slipped his reading glasses onto his nose, then stepped outside his car.


  • “How odd,” she whispered and wished she’d had the presence of mind to bring her flashlight with her instead of leaving it in the glove box of the car.


  • She says Asa kept five thousand locked in the glove box of his car at all times in case he joined up with a private poker party.


  • What she’d discovered, locked in the glove box of the shiny black sports car, was an expensive watch, a card signed by initials she recognized as belonging to Connie Hastings, the owner of a rival radio station that was trying to lure Luke away from his job at WSLJ, and the singularly devastating knowledge that her husband had been cheating on her.



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