• WordNet 3.6
    • n glove the handwear used by fielders in playing baseball
    • n glove boxing equipment consisting of big and padded coverings for the fists of the fighters; worn for the sport of boxing
    • n glove handwear: covers the hand and wrist
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Babe Ruth was able to throw two baseballs in such a way that the balls remained parallel to each other all the way from his hand to the catcher's glove. Ruth was famous for this stunt and would demonstrate it on request.
    • Glove A boxing glove.
    • Glove 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.
    • v. t Glove To cover with, or as with, a glove.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: George Hancock invented a new game on November 30, 1887. It was played like baseball, except a broomstick was used for a bat and a boxing glove was the ball. Since the game was played indoors, it was originally called "indoor." Walter Hakanson later renamed it "softball."
    • n glove 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 gauntlet.
    • n glove Specifically, a boxing-glove.
    • n glove In hatmaking, a wooden scraper used in felting hats in the battery. It is tied to the hand.
    • glove To cover with or as with a glove.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The longest recorded gloved boxing match took place in 1893. Andy Bowen and Jack Burke fought for more than 7 hours. After 110 rounds, the fight was declared a draw because both Bowen and Burke were too exhausted to continue.
    • n Glove gluv a covering for the hand, with a sheath for each finger: a boxing-glove
    • v.t Glove to cover with, or as with, a glove
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  • Charles V
    Charles V
    “Iron hand in a velvet glove.”
  • Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
    “You cannot make a revolution in white gloves.”
  • John Osborne
    John Osborne
    “What are we hoping to get out of it, what's it all in aid of -- is it really just for the sake of a gloved hand waving at you from a golden coach?”


Fit like a glove - If something fits like a glove, it is suitable or the right size.
Gloves are off - When the gloves are off, people start to argue or fight in a more serious way. ('The gloves come off' and 'take the gloves off' are also used. It comes from boxing, where fighters normally wear gloves so that they don't do too much damage to each other.)
Hand in glove - If people are hand in glove, they have an extremely close relationship.
Kid gloves - If someone is handled with kid gloves, they are given special treatment and handled with great care.
Lay a glove on - If you lay a glove on someone, you strike a blow against them in an argument, dispute, etc. (Mostly used in the negative)
Velvet glove - This idiom is used to describe a person who appears gentle, but is determined and inflexible underneath. ('Iron fist in a velvet glove' is the full form.)


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. glove, glofe, AS. glōf,; akin to Icel. glōfi, cf. Goth. lōfa, palm of the hand, Icel. lōfi,


In literature:

He raised the slim, gloved fingers to his lips.
"The Squirrel-Cage" by Dorothy Canfield
Ruth looked down and began picking a thread from the thumb of her glove.
"The Governess" by Julie M. Lippmann
She had some beautiful combs, and buckles that her father used to wear, and kid-gloves that had long arms and came most up to her shoulders.
"A Little Girl of Long Ago" by Amanda Millie Douglas
The locket; the kid gloves.
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
But then the gloves were the fault of the one man, whereas the eye was simply the misfortune of the other.
"Miss Mackenzie" by Anthony Trollope
She could see Glover's salutation, and she waved a glove.
"The Daughter of a Magnate" by Frank H. Spearman
It was really his glove!
"The Children of Odin" by Padraic Colum
A gloved hand, and then a white, hooded face, slipped through the narrow entry.
"Jack O' Judgment" by Edgar Wallace
Her own lines were long, the arms and hands very slender in the long white gloves.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
He was in shabby evening clothes and a top hat, and had on his usual white gloves.
"A Collection of Stories, Reviews and Essays" by Willa Cather

In poetry:

Go search this thing,
Tumble thy breast and turn thy book:
If thou hadst lost a glove or ring,
Wouldst thou not look?
"The Method" by George Herbert
My breast grew helplessly cold,
But my steps were light.
I pulled the glove from my left hand
Mistakenly onto my right.
"Song Of The Final Meeting" by Anna Akhmatova
LAST night, in snowy gown and glove,
I saw you watch the play
Where each mock hero won his love
The old unlifelike way.
"At the Comedy" by Arthur John Arbuthnott Stringer
Tell me, roses, did you note
That pale father's throbbing throat?
Did you hear him murmur, "Love!"
As he kissed a faded glove?
"The Monk's Walk" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
I BRING the simplest pledge of love,
Friend of my earlier days;
Mine is the hand without the glove,
The heart-beat, not the phrase.
"To James Freeman Clarke" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Marie Hamilton's to the kirk gane,
Wi gloves upon her hands;
The king thought mair o Marie Hamilton,
Than the queen and a' her lands.
"The Queen's Marie" by Andrew Lang

In news:

Follow these directions to ensure your gloves fit perfectly.
An iron fist in a velvet glove David White.
Napa Valley district's cabernet 'an iron fist in a velvet glove'.
"Built on the chassis of Ironclad 's recently introduced Mechanic glove, the TouchScreen glove provides superior protection, fit and dexterity, while simultaneously permitting the use of touch-screen devices".
Ironclad work glove keeps user connected.
Ruffs, skirts, gloves, and half-masks are added when appropriate.
Not All Kids Get Kid-Glove Care.
If that's not enough, they are playing with their gloves.
Dennis Matherne's dock box didn't pass the white-glove test.
David Richard/US Presswire Yankees' close Rafael Soriano chases after ball in ninth inning that hit off his glove.
After UFC Ceo and co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta snapped up Muhammad Ali's gloves from a famous 1965 fight for a whopping $1.1 million this year, some more historic mitts are going on the market.
She ropes one up the middle, goes off a glove, and into center field, scoring two runs to put Bangor up 3-2.
Found in a Dumpster behind Roger Scaggs' office, this garbage bag contained the pipe, the knife, five latex gloves, and Penny Scaggs' wedding ring, diamond necklace, and tennis bracelet.
Coats, scarves and gloves given to families in need in Ogden.
Gold Glove Awards for Wieters, Jones and Hardy signal a change in how the O's are perceived.

In science:

Afterwards, these six triple TGEMs were assembled using a glove box inside the RICH prototype's gas chamber.
First observation of Cherenkov rings with a large area CsI-TGEM-based RICH prototype
For the growth of single crystals a NaCl/KCl flux was mixed with an equal amount of the precursor (for details see Refs. [14, 15]). All procedures related with the sample preparation were performed in a glove box due to the toxicity of arsenic.
Interplay of composition, structure, magnetism, and superconductivity in SmFeAs1-xPxO1-y
The ideas of classical information theory seem to fit into quantum mechanics like a hand into a glove, giving us the feeling that we are uncovering something profound about Nature.
Quantum Computing
We rode the lift up, skied down and when I took off my gloves my fingers were all white.
Classical Chaos and its Quantum Manifestations
If you type “fits supersymmetry like a glove” in Google, you find an article published in the science section of the New York Times on Feb. 9, 2001, which is entitled Tiniest of Particles Pokes Big Hole in Physics Theory.
Moriond QCD 2002: Theoretical Summary