AskDefine | Define glove

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1 gloves worn by fielders in baseball [syn: baseball glove, baseball mitt, mitt]
2 handwear: covers the hand and wrist [syn: gloves]
3 gloves that are big and padded; worn for boxing [syn: boxing glove]

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  • , /ɡlʌv/, /glVv/
  • Rhymes with: -ʌv


  1. An item of clothing other than a mitten, covering all or part of the hand and fingers, but allowing independent movement of the fingers.
    I wore gloves to keep my hands warm.
    The champ laced on his gloves before the big bout.
  2. The ability to catch a hit ball.
    Frederico had a great glove, but he couldn't hit a curveball, so he never broke into the pros.


item of clothing
baseball:ability to catch a hit ball


  1. In the context of "baseball|transitive": To catch the ball in a baseball mitt
    He gloved the line drive for the third out.
  2. To put on a glove.
    Maxwell gloved his hand so that he wouldn't leave fingerprints, then pulled the trigger.

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Extensive Definition

A glove (Middle English from Old English glof) is a type of garment (and more specifically a fashion accessory) which covers the hand of a human. Gloves have separate sheaths or openings for each finger and the thumb; if there is an opening but no covering sheath for each finger they are called "fingerless gloves". Fingerless gloves with one large opening rather than individual openings for each finger are sometimes called gauntlets. Gloves which cover the entire hand but do not have separate finger openings or sheaths are called mittens. Mittens are warmer than gloves made of the same material because fingers maintain their warmth better when they are in contact with each other. As well, the reduced surface area means that there is less heat loss.
There is also a hybrid of glove and mitten which contains open-ended sheaths for the four fingers (as in a fingerless glove, but not the thumb) and also an additional compartment encapsulating the four fingers as a mitten would. This compartment can be lifted off the fingers and folded back to allow the individual fingers ease of movement and access while the hand remains covered. The usual design is for the mitten cavity to be stitched onto the back of the fingerless glove only, allowing it to be flipped over (normally held back by Velcro or a button) to transform the garment from a mitten to a glove.
Gloves can serve to protect and comfort the hands of the wearer against cold or heat, physical damage by friction, abrasion or chemicals, and disease; or in turn to provide a guard for what a bare hand should not touch. Latex, nitrile rubber or vinyl disposable gloves are often worn by health care professionals as hygiene and contamination protection measures. Police officers often wear them to work in crime scenes to prevent destroying evidence in the scene. Many criminals also wear these gloves to avoid leaving fingerprints, which makes the crime investigation more difficult.
Fingerless gloves are useful for bikers and where dexterity is required that gloves would restrict. Cigarette smokers and church organists often use fingerless gloves. Some gloves include a gauntlet that extends partway up the arm. Cycling gloves for road racing or touring are usually fingerless.
Gloves have been made of many materials including cloth, knitted or felted wool, leather, rubber, latex, neoprene, and metal (as in mail). Modern gloves made of kevlar protect the wearer from cuts. Gloves and gauntlets are also integral components of pressure suits and spacesuits such as the Apollo/Skylab A7L which went to the moon. Spacesuit gloves must combine extreme toughness and environmental protection with a degree of sensitivity and flexibility if the astronaut is to do any manual work.
Today gloves are made around the world. Most expensive women's fashion gloves are still made in France, with some made in Canada. For cheaper male gloves New York State, especially Gloversville, New York is still a world centre of glove manufacturing. More and more glove manufacturing is being done in East Asia, however.


Fingerless gloves

Fingerless gloves (or glovelettes) are garments worn on the hands which resemble regular gloves in most ways, except that the finger columns are half-length and opened, allowing the tops of the wearer's fingers to emerge through.

Design and use

Fingerless gloves are often padded in the palm area, to provide protection to the hand, and the exposed fingers do not interfere with sensation or gripping. In contrast to traditional gloves, often worn for warmth, fingerless gloves will often have a ventilated back to allow the hands to cool; this is commonly seen in weightlifting gloves.
Fingerless gloves are also worn by bikers as a means to better grip the handlebars, as well as by skateboarders and rollerbladers, to protect the palms of the hands and add grip in the event of a fall. Some anglers, particularly fly fishermen, favor fingerless gloves to allow manipulation of line and tackle in cooler conditions.


Fingerless gloves are usually leather and have a distinct appearance. Much like rocker jackets, they are sometimes worn by people who wish to display a certain sense of rebellion, recklessness, "toughness" or general disregard for the standards of society (such as John Bender in The Breakfast Club). This is why they are quite common in heavy metal and punk fashion and are sometimes decorated with metal studs or spikes. Some non-conformist individuals would wear a single glove on one hand leaving the other hand glove-less.
A woolen variety became popular in the early 1980s, largely due to the example of English pop star Nik Kershaw.
Fingerless gloves are also known as "hobo gloves", due to their association with homeless people.

Types of glove

Commercial and industrial

Sport and recreational


Contrary to popular belief, mittens are not actually gloves They are actually a cloth covering that separates the thumb from the other four fingers. They are mostly woolly, and many of them have different colors and designs.


glove in Danish: Handske
glove in German: Handschuh
glove in Spanish: Guante
glove in Esperanto: Ganto
glove in French: Gant
glove in Ido: Ganto
glove in Italian: Guanto
glove in Hebrew: כפפה
glove in Hungarian: Kesztyű
glove in Dutch: Handschoen
glove in Cree: Ashtish
glove in Japanese: 手袋
glove in Norwegian: Hansker
glove in Polish: Rękawiczki
glove in Portuguese: Luva
glove in Russian: Перчатки
glove in Simple English: Glove
glove in Serbian: Рукавица
glove in Swedish: Handskar
glove in Tajik: Дастпӯшак
glove in Yiddish: הענטשוך
glove in Chinese: 手套

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

battle cry, bid to combat, brass knuckles, cesta, cestus, challenge, dare, defi, defy, double dare, gage, gage of battle, gauntlet, handwear, kid gloves, kids, mittens, mitts, mousquetaire gloves, mousquetaires, muff, rebel yell, war cry, war whoop
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