1. A type of glove that extends over the hand but only partially covers the fingers.
2. A mitten.
3. Baseball A large, padded, protective leather glove, usually with one sheath for the thumb and one undivided sheath for the remaining fingers, used by catchers and first basemen.
4. Slang A hand or fist.
[Short for MITTEN.]
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