from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Another spelling of gauntlet.
  • noun 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).
  • noun Hence A series or course of things or events. See to run the gantlet , below.
  • noun 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.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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.
  • noun to suffer the punishment of the gantlet; hence, to go through the ordeal of severe criticism or controversy, or ill-treatment at many hands.
  • noun A glove. See gauntlet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Alternative spelling of gauntlet.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a glove of armored leather; protects the hand
  • noun 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
  • noun 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
  • noun to offer or accept a challenge
  • noun a glove with long sleeve


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