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gantlet1

[gant-lit, gawnt-] /ˈgænt lɪt, ˈgɔnt-/
noun
1.
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.
2.
gauntlet2 (defs 1, 2, 4).
verb (used with object)
3.
Railroads. to form or lay down as a gantlet:
to gantlet tracks.
Also, gauntlet (for defs 1, 3).
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; variant of gantlope

gantlet2

[gant-lit, gawnt-] /ˈgænt lɪt, ˈgɔnt-/
noun
1.
Related forms
gantleted, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for gantlet

gantlet1

/ˈɡæntlɪt; ˈɡɔːnt-/
noun
1.
a section of a railway where two tracks overlap
2.
(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

gantlet2

/ˈɡæntlɪt; ˈɡɔːnt-/
noun
1.
a variant of gauntlet1

gauntlet1

/ˈɡɔːntlɪt/
noun
1.
a medieval armoured leather glove
2.
a heavy glove with a long cuff
3.
take up the gauntlet, to accept a challenge
4.
throw down the gauntlet, to offer a challenge
Word Origin
C15: from Old French gantelet, diminutive of gant glove, of Germanic origin
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Word Origin and History for gantlet

see gauntlet (n.1).

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