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  1. sleeves

    A sleeve (Old English: slīef, a word allied to slip, cf. Dutch sloof) is the part of a garment that covers the arm, or through which the arm passes or slips. The sleeve is a characteristic of fashion seen in almost every country and time period, across a myriad of styles of dress. Styles vary from close-fitting to the arm, to relatively unfitted and wide sleeves, some with extremely wide cuffs. Long, hanging sleeves have been used variously as a type of pocket, from which the phrase "to have up one's sleeve" (to have something concealed ready to produce) comes. 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". Early Western medieval sleeves were cut straight, and underarm triangle-shaped gussets were used to provide ease of movement. In the 14th century, the rounded sleeve cap was invented, allowing a more fitted sleeve to be inserted, with ease around the sleeve head and a wider cut at the back allowing for wider movement. Throughout the 19th century and particularly during the Victorian era in Western culture, the sleeves on women's dress at times became extremely wide, rounded or otherwise gathered and 'puffy', necessitating the need for sleeve supports worn inside a garment to support the shape of the sleeve. Various early styles of Western sleeve are still found in types of academic dress or other robes, such as ecumenical dress. Sleeve length varies in modern times from barely over the shoulder (cap sleeve) to floor-length (as seen in the Japanese furisode). Most contemporary shirt sleeves end somewhere between the mid-upper arm and the wrist.

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  1. sleeves

    Plural form of the word sleeve.

    All garments created to cover the arms have sleeves.

    Submitted by MaryC on May 7, 2016  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sleeves in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sleeves in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of sleeves in a Sentence

  1. Jeff Bartos:

    They're running around the state. They're taking Instagram photos and little videos. They're almost, if you will, collecting a scrapbook of where they're visiting, i've been traveling the state for five years. I've been actually on Main Street, sleeves rolled up, trying to save small businesses.

  2. Glenn Pomerantz:

    Sprint simply needs to pull up its sleeves and compete.

  3. Tara Kuczykowski:

    Take advantage of the end-of-summer clearance sales. All the short sleeves, all the shorts, it's easier to stretch those items than to buy the big fall wardrobe they're not even going to wear for a few months.

  4. Rochelle Walensky:

    We want to convey to the American public we have two vaccines that are readily available -- the Pfizer and Moderna -- and people should continue to roll up their sleeves to get vaccinated.

  5. Bethanie Mattek-Sands:

    It was funny, because I was actually googling some players like when John McEnroe played, Arthur Ashe, they had color everywhere. They had color on their sleeves, big stripes, they were coming out in colored jackets. So I feel it's actually gotten stricter.

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    lacking orderly continuity
    • A. disjointed
    • B. noninvasive
    • C. busy
    • D. whirring

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