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[gant-lit, gawnt-] /ˈgænt lɪt, ˈgɔnt-/
Railroads. a track construction used in narrow places, in which two parallel tracks converge so that their inner rails cross, run parallel, and diverge again, thus allowing a train to remain on its own track at all times.
gauntlet2 (defs 1, 2, 4).
verb (used with object)
Railroads. to form or lay down as a gantlet:
to gantlet tracks.
Also, gauntlet (for defs 1, 3).
Origin of gantlet1
1900-05; variant of gantlope
Can be confused
gambit, gamut, gantlet, gauntlet.


[gant-lit, gawnt-] /ˈgænt lɪt, ˈgɔnt-/
Related forms
gantleted, adjective Unabridged
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  • The trail wound between those same sheds and corrals, a gantlet two hundred yards long that one must run or turn back.

    The Range Dwellers B. M. Bower
  • I have heard the story of your running the gantlet and surprising the road-agents.

    Buffalo Bill's Spy Trailer Colonel Prentiss Ingraham
  • They would then have to steam in behind those batteries and run the gantlet of the batteries ashore.

    The Blocking of Zeebrugge Alfred F. B. Carpenter
  • "We'd best hurry, Peggy," he said, urging her toward the gantlet.

    The Great Potlatch Riots Allen Kim Lang
  • The gantlet began in the usual fashion an hour later, and throughout all that long, dismal morning it was a continual skirmish.

    The Forest Runners Joseph A. Altsheler
  • He knew that they would not kill him in the gantlet; they would save him for the fire.

    The Road to Frontenac Samuel Merwin
  • So be it—we but accept the gantlet, which has been flung in our faces.

British Dictionary definitions for gantlet


/ˈɡæntlɪt; ˈɡɔːnt-/
a section of a railway where two tracks overlap
(US) a variant spelling of gauntlet2
Word Origin
C17 gantlope (modern spelling influenced by gauntlet1), from Swedish gatlopp, literally: passageway, from gata way (related to gate³) + lop course


/ˈɡæntlɪt; ˈɡɔːnt-/
a variant of gauntlet1
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Word Origin and History for gantlet

see gauntlet (n.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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