What does sleeve mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sleeve, arm(noun)

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

  2. sleeve(noun)

    small case into which an object fits


  1. sleeve(Noun)

    The part of a garment that covers the arm.

    The sleeves on my coat are too long.

  2. sleeve(Noun)

    A (usually tubular) covering or lining to protect a piece of machinery etc.

    This bearing requires a sleeve so the shaft will fit snugly.

  3. sleeve(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.

  4. sleeve(Verb)

    to fit a sleeve to

  5. Origin: From sleve, from sliefe, slefe.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sleeve(noun)

    see Sleave, untwisted thread

  2. Sleeve(noun)

    the part of a garment which covers the arm; as, the sleeve of a coat or a gown

  3. Sleeve(noun)

    a narrow channel of water

  4. Sleeve(noun)

    a tubular part made to cover, sustain, or steady another part, or to form a connection between two parts

  5. Sleeve(noun)

    a long bushing or thimble, as in the nave of a wheel

  6. Sleeve(noun)

    a short piece of pipe used for covering a joint, or forming a joint between the ends of two other pipes

  7. Sleeve(verb)

    to furnish with sleeves; to put sleeves into; as, to sleeve a coat

  8. Origin: [OE. sleeve, sleve, AS. slfe, slfe; akin to slfan 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. Sleeve

    Sleeve is the part of a garment that covers the arm, or through which the arm passes or slips. The pattern of the sleeve is one of the characteristics of fashion in dress, varying in every country and period. Various survivals of the early forms of sleeve are still found in the different types of academic or other robes. Where the long hanging sleeve is worn it has, as still in China and Japan, been used as a pocket, whence has come the phrase to have up one's sleeve, to have something concealed ready to produce. There are many other proverbial and metaphorical expressions associated with the sleeve, such as to wear one's heart upon one's sleeve, and to laugh in one's sleeve. Sleeve length varies from barely over the shoulder to floor-length. Most contemporary shirt sleeves end somewhere between the mid-upper arm and the wrist.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sleeve

    slēv, n. the part of a garment which covers the arm: a tube into which a rod or other tube is inserted.—v.t. to furnish with sleeves.—ns. Sleeve′-band (Shak.), the wristband; Sleeve′-butt′on, a button or stud for the wristband or cuff.—adjs. Sleeved, furnished with sleeves; Sleeve′less, without sleeves.—ns. Sleeve′-link, two buttons, &c., joined by a link for holding together the two edges of the cuff or wristband; Sleeve′-nut, a double-nut for attaching the joint-ends of rods or tubes; Sleeve′-waist′coat, Sleeved′-waist′coat, a waistcoat with long sleeves, worn by porters, boots, &c.—Hang on the sleeve, to be dependent on some one; Have in one's sleeve, to have in readiness for any emergency; Laugh in one's sleeve, to laugh behind one's sleeve, to laugh privately or unperceived; Leg-of-mutton sleeve, a woman's sleeve full in the middle, tight at arm-hole and wrist. [A.S. sléfe, sléf, a sleeve—slúpan, to slip; cog. with Ger. schlauf.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. sleeve

    The word formerly used to denote the narrows of a channel, and particularly applied to the Strait of Dover, still called La Manche by the French. When Napoleon was threatening to invade England, he was represented trying to get into a coat, but one of the sleeves utterly baffled him, whence the point: "Il ne peut pas passer La Manche."

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sleeve' in Nouns Frequency: #2162

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sleeve in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sleeve in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of sleeve in a Sentence

  1. Chinese Proverb:

    Keep your broken arm inside your sleeve.

  2. William Shakespeare:

    I will wear my heart upon my sleeve For daws to peck at.

  3. Tony Bramwell:

    In cultural terms it's become iconic; the sleeve, the songs, the stories behind the songs.

  4. Margaret Hilda Thatcher:

    To wear your heart on your sleeve isn't a very good plan you should wear it inside, where it functions best.

  5. Arnold Bennett:

    A first-rate Organizer is never in a hurry. He is never late. He always keeps up his sleeve a margin for the unexpected.

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