from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A section of double railroad tracks formed by the temporary convergence of two 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 v. To converge (railroad tracks) to form a gantlet.
- n. Variant of gauntlet1.
- n. Variant of gauntlet2.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Alternative spelling of gauntlet.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A military punishment formerly in use, wherein the offender was made to run between two files of men facing one another, who struck him as he passed.
- n. A glove. See gauntlet.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Another spelling of gauntlet.
- n. A military punishment formerly inflicted for heinous offenses, in which the offender, stripped to his waist, was compelled to run a certain number of times through a lane formed by two rows of men standing face to face, each of them armed with a switch or other weapon with which he struck the offender as he passed; also, such a punishment used on board of ships, and, by extension, any similar punishment (used by some savage tribes and in Russia).
- n. Hence A series or course of things or events. See to run the gantlet , below.
- n. In railway engin., the running together of parallel tracks into the space occupied by one, by crossing the two inner rails so as to bring each side by side with the opposite outer rail.
- n. Hence— To be exposed or to expose one's self to a course or series of disagreeable or unpleasant treatment or observations, remarks, criticisms, etc. Also sometimes to pass the gantlet.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a glove of armored leather; protects the hand
- n. 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
- n. the convergence of two parallel railroad 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
- n. to offer or accept a challenge
- n. a glove with long sleeve
A gantlet is a flogging ordeal, literally or figuratively.
It's been a year since drunken naval aviators at the Tailhook convention assaulted 26 women in a "gantlet" at the Las Vegas Hilton, and no officer has been charged.
I claim it has to be "gantlet," and he of course says, "yo mama!"
At one stage in the hiring process, I went through a gantlet of nearly a full day of interviews with Sierra Club Board members and senior staff.
Just to cover the story in Baghdad journalists had first to survive the five-mile trip between Baghdad International Airport and the capital, a road known as “Route Irish,” which was a gantlet of suicide bombers and rocket attacks during the first two years of the war.
"It's almost impossible to get to the end of the gantlet without being branded a criminal."
To clicking shutters, the Fly Girls strut the gantlet with chests out.
But for Woods to say he's run the gantlet, he needs unpredictable, not predictably prosecutorial, questions.
The Penguins have run the playoff gantlet to completion and celebrated with champagne.
The petunias and begonias that shoppers see in big-box retailers every spring may look garden-variety to untrained eyes, but they are special breeds that survive a grueling gantlet of field tests and focus groups to weed out their less hardy or floriferous brethren.