gantlet[gônt′lit, gänt′-, gant′-]
- a former military punishment in which the offender had to run between two rows of men who struck him with clubs, etc. as he passed
- a series of troubles or difficulties: in these senses, now spelled equally gauntlet
- a section of railroad track through a narrow passage where two lines of track overlap, one rail of each line being within the rails of the other
Origin of gantletearlier gantlope ; from Swedish gatlopp, a running down a lane ; from gata, lane (akin to German gasse: see gait) + lopp, a run, akin to leap
to overlap (railroad tracks) so as to make a gantlet
run the gantlet
- to be punished by means of the gantlet
- to proceed while under attack from both sides, as by criticism
A section of double railroad tracks formed by the temporary convergence of two otherwise parallel tracks in such a way that each set remains independent while traversing the same ground, affording passage at a narrow place without need of switching.
transitive verbgant·let·ed, gant·let·ing, gant·lets
To converge (railroad tracks) to form a gantlet.
Origin of gantletVariant of gauntlet2.
Variant of gauntlet1.
Variant of gauntlet2.
- Alternative spelling of gauntlet.