Definition of Sleeve

1. Noun. The part of a garment that is attached at the armhole and that provides a cloth covering for the arm.

Exact synonyms: Arm
Generic synonyms: Cloth Covering
Terms within: Cuff, Turnup, Elbow, Wristband
Specialized synonyms: Dolman Sleeve, Long Sleeve, Raglan Sleeve, Shirtsleeve, Short Sleeve
Group relationships: Garment

2. Noun. Small case into which an object fits.
Generic synonyms: Case
Specialized synonyms: Record Cover, Record Sleeve

Definition of Sleeve

1. n. See Sleave, untwisted thread.

2. n. The part of a garment which covers the arm; as, the sleeve of a coat or a gown.

3. v. t. To furnish with sleeves; to put sleeves into; as, to sleeve a coat.

4. n. A double tube of copper, in section like the figure 8, into which the ends of bare wires are pushed so that when the tube is twisted an electrical connection is made. The joint thus made is called a McIntire joint.

Definition of Sleeve

1. Noun. The part of a garment that covers the arm. (defdate from 10th c.) ¹

2. Noun. A (usually tubular) covering or lining to protect a piece of machinery etc. (defdate from 19th c.) ¹

3. Noun. A protective jacket or case, especially for a record, containing art and information about the contents; also the analogous leaflet found in a packaged CD. (defdate from 20th c.) ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) to fit a sleeve to ¹

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Definition of Sleeve

1. to furnish with a sleeve (the part of a garment covering the arm) [v SLEEVED, SLEEVING, SLEEVES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Sleeve

sleeve (current term)
sleeve board
sleeve graft
sleeve notes

Literary usage of Sleeve

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"When' the speed increases or decreases the sleeve tends to move up or down and a friction force F acts at the sleeve to oppose the motion. ..."

2. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1922)
"Nothing new electrically or In the general form of the cap or sleeve is claimed—the invention relates solely to the method of fastening the overlapping cap ..."

3. Proceedings by Natural Gas Association of America, Modern Language Association of America (1917)
"This is not a new wrinkle, being just an expansion sleeve of our own make, the patterns for the casting being made at our plant, and may be of interest to ..."

4. Dyke's Automobile and Gasoline Engine Encyclopedia by Andrew Lee Dyke (1919)
"3, page 649. the spindle is shown by the lines and figures on the sleeve D and ... The sleeve D is marked with 40 lines to the inch, corresponding to the ..."

5. The House and Home: A Practical Book by Lyman Abbott (1896)
"The first step in making a sleeve is to prepare a perfectly fitting pattern. Sienes. eA great aid in the work will be, first, to procure a good paper ..."

6. La Mort D'Arthure: The History of King Arthur and of the Knights of the by Thomas Malory (1858)
"Madame," said sir Bors, " that red sleeve bearing repenteth mee sore, but I dare say hee did it to none evill entent, but for this cause hee beare the red ..."

7. Le Morte Darthur: Sir Thomas Malory's Book of King Arthur and of His Noble by Thomas Malory, William Caxton (1903)
"So God me help, said Sir Gawaine, there were two knights that bare two white shields, but the one of them bare a red sleeve upon his head, and certainly he ..."

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