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glove box

  1. glove compartment.
  2. an enclosed compartment with openings to which long gloves are attached, enabling someone outside the compartment to reach inside and handle its contents without causing or incurring injury or contamination, as in a laboratory or hospital.
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Origin of glove box

1855–60 for earlier sense
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Examples from the Web for glove box

Historical Examples

  • She sprang up, ran to a writing-desk and took out a glove-box.

    Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 20, August 1877


  • She took the glove-box, and turning placed it on a shelf behind her.

    Mary Marston

    George MacDonald

  • This tiny Japanese lady, whom you left, as you thought, on the lid of the glove-box at home.

  • He had left a thumb-nail mark upon a glove-box, and evidence was given as to the identity of this with his own thumb-print.

    Science and the Criminal

    C. Ainsworth Mitchell

  • Opening it, the Countess disclosed a glove-box of wood, with a design of rather shaky violets burnt into the cover.

    Long Live the King

    Mary Roberts Rinehart

British Dictionary definitions for glove box

glove box

  1. a closed box in which toxic or radioactive substances can be handled by an operator who places his hands through protective gloves sealed to the box
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