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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
  • transitive v. To furnish with gloves.
  • transitive v. To cover with or as if with a glove.
  • intransitive v. To don gloves, as before performing an operation on a patient.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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. The ability to catch a hit ball.
  • n. A condom.
  • v. To catch the ball in a baseball mitt
  • v. To put on a glove.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A cover for the hand, or for the hand and wrist, with a separate sheath for each finger. The latter characteristic distinguishes the glove from the mitten.
  • n. A boxing glove.
  • transitive v. To cover with, or as with, a glove.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A covering for the hand having a separate sheath for each finger, and thus distinguished from a mitten.
  • n. Specifically, a boxing-glove.
  • n. In hatmaking, a wooden scraper used in felting hats in the battery.
  • To cover with or as with a glove.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English glōf.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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)

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