sleeve


sleeve
sleeve (n.) O.E. sliefe (W.Saxon), slefe (Mercian), from P.Gmc. *slaubjon (Cf. M.L.G. sloven "to dress carelessly," O.H.G. sloufen "to put on or off"). Related to O.E. sliefan "put on (clothes)" and slupan "to slip, glide," from PIE root *sleubh- "to slide, slip." (Cf. expression to slip into "to dress in"). Mechanical sense is attested from 1864. To have something up one's sleeve is recorded from c.1500. Meaning "the English Channel" translates Fr. La Manche.

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  • Sleeve — Sleeve, n. [OE. sleeve, sleve, AS. sl?fe, sl?fe; akin to sl?fan to put on, to clothe; cf. OD. sloove the turning up of anything, sloven to turn up one s sleeves, sleve a sleeve, G. schlaube a husk, pod.] 1. The part of a garment which covers the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sleeve — sleeve; sleeve·less; sleeve·let; sleeve·less·ness; …   English syllables

  • Sleeve — Sleeve, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sleeved} (sl[=e]vd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Sleeving}.] To furnish with sleeves; to put sleeves into; as, to sleeve a coat. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sleeve — [sli:v] n [: Old English; Origin: sliefe] 1.) the part of a piece of clothing that covers all or part of your arm ▪ a dress with long sleeves long sleeved/short sleeved etc ▪ a short sleeved shirt 2.) have sth up your sleeve informal to have a… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • sleeve — ► NOUN 1) the part of a garment that wholly or partly covers a person s arm. 2) a protective paper or cardboard cover for a record. 3) a protective or connecting tube fitting over a rod, spindle, or smaller tube. 4) a windsock. ● up one s sleeve… …   English terms dictionary

  • sleeve — [slēv] n. [ME sleve < OE sliefe, akin to Du sloof, apron: for IE base see SLIP3] 1. that part of a garment that covers an arm or part of an arm 2. a tube or tubelike part fitting over or around another part 3. a thin paper or plastic cover for …   English World dictionary

  • Sleeve — (sl[=e]v), n. See {Sleave}, untwisted thread. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sleeve — [ sliv ] noun count ** 1. ) the part of a piece of clothing that covers your arm: short/long sleeves: a dress with long sleeves 2. ) a paper or plastic cover that protects something such as a record or book a ) a tube that surrounds and protects… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • sleeve — A paperboard jacket that fits over the four sides (top, bottom, and two parallel sides) of a letter tray in order to keep the mail inside the tray from falling out …   Glossary of postal terms

  • Sleeve — other|Sleeve (disambiguation)Sleeve (O. Eng. slieve , or slyf , a word allied to slip , cf. Dutch sloof ) is that part of a garment which covers the arm, or through which the arm passes or slips. The pattern of the sleeve is one of the… …   Wikipedia