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1. A part of a garment that covers all or part of an arm.
2. A case into which an object or device fits: a record sleeve.
3. A tattoo that covers all or a large part of the arm.
tr.v. sleeved, sleev·ing, sleeves
To furnish or fit with sleeves or a sleeve.
up (one's) sleeve
Hidden but ready to be used: I still have a few tricks up my sleeve.

[Middle English sleve, from Old English slēf; see sleubh- in Indo-European roots.]

sleeve′less adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.sleeved - made with sleeves or sleeves especially as specified; often used in combination; "sleeved garments"; "short-sleeved"
sleeveless - having no sleeves; "sleeveless summer dresses"


[sliːvd] ADJcon mangas
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Expected delivery volume is 3 030 blue long sleeve shirts, 4 950 shirts with short sleeves, 2 240 white long sleeve shirts, 2 370 white short sleeve shirts, 1 220 blue blouse with long sleeves, 1,970 pieces of blue short sleeved blouse, 750 white long sleeve blouses and 750 white blouse short sleeves during 2019-2022 since the entry into force of the framework agreement
KPV's Pinter notes an increasing number of sleeve label producers are also vertically integrating upstream to supply the already sleeved can to their craft beer customers.
A comparison of blood pressure measurement over a sleeved arm versus a bare arm.