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Noun: gauntlet  gont-lut
  1. A challenge
    "threw down the gauntlet"; "took up the gauntlet";
    - gantlet [US]
  2. A glove of armoured leather; protects the hand
    - gantlet [US], metal glove
  3. A glove with long sleeve
    - gantlet [US]
  4. A form of punishment in which a person is forced to run between two lines of men facing each other and armed with clubs or whips to beat the victim
    - gantlet [US]
  5. The convergence of two parallel railway tracks in a narrow place; the inner rails cross and run parallel and then diverge so a train remains on its own tracks at all times
    - gantlet [US]

Derived forms: gauntlets

Type of: challenge, corporal punishment, glove, railroad [N. Amer], railroad track [N. Amer], railway [Brit, Cdn], railway track [Brit, Cdn]

Part of: body armor [US], body armour [Brit, Cdn], cataphract, coat of mail, suit of armor [US], suit of armour [Brit, Cdn]

Encyclopedia: Gauntlet