• WordNet 3.6
    • n gantlet 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 gantlet 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 gantlet a glove with long sleeve
    • n gantlet a glove of armored leather; protects the hand
    • n gantlet to offer or accept a challenge "threw down the gauntlet","took up the gauntlet"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Gantlet A glove. See Gauntlet.
    • n Gantlet 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.☞ Written also, but less properly, gauntlet. "Winthrop ran the gantlet of daily slights."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gantlet Another spelling of gauntlet.
    • n gantlet 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). Among the North American Indians this was a favorite mode of torturing prisoners of war, who often died under it. The Indians struck their victims with clubs, knives, lances, or any other convenient weapon.
    • n gantlet Hence A series or course of things or events. See to run the gantlet , below.
    • n gantlet 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. It is used chiefly to enable a double-track railroad to pass a single-track tunnel or bridge without breaking the continuity of either rail.
    • n gantlet 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gantlet gant′let a glove.
    • n Gantlet gant′let a punishment consisting of driving a criminal through a lane formed by two files of men, who each strike him as he passes
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gantlet is corrupted fr. gantlope,; gantlope, is for gatelope, Sw. gatlopp, orig., a running down a lane; gata street, lane + lopp course, career, akin to löpa to run. See Gate a way, and Leap
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Confused with gauntlet, but from Sw. gatloppgata (Eng. gate), a street, line of soldiers, lopp (Eng. leap), course.


In literature:

In both cases the navy was to plant itself across the enemy's communications, which it could do by running the gantlet of his guns.
"Admiral Farragut" by A. T. Mahan
The gantlet that he was to run extended from the cave to the bluff overhanging the river.
"IT and Other Stories" by Gouverneur Morris
"Watch and Wait" by Oliver Optic
Into the gantlet of guns the big car rushed.
"Anderson Crow, Detective" by George Barr McCutcheon
His return to the hills was equivalent to running the gantlet.
"They of the High Trails" by Hamlin Garland
He had run the deadliest gantlets of the elements, of beast, and of man.
"The Country Beyond" by James Oliver Curwood
They returned sheepishly, expecting to run a gantlet of humor; but people seemed unaware that they had been away.
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes
There were red stains upon the steps, and upon the leather cushions, and everything indicated that the stage had run a death-gantlet.
"Buffalo Bill's Spy Trailer" by Colonel Prentiss Ingraham
It was a gantlet of eyes and whispers.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
He ran the gantlet at Messrs. Tag-rag and Co.'s all Tuesday as he had done on the day preceding.
"Ten Thousand a-Year. Volume 1." by Samuel Warren

In poetry:

The gantlets grippit the helm sae stoot
An' liftit frae chin an' broo:
An' Johnnie himsel keekit smilin oot:—
"O Archie, I hae ye noo!
"The Twa Gordons" by George MacDonald

In news:

The Pac-12 softball season is a 24-game, eight-week gantlet of top-25 teams and powerhouse programs that begins in two days for Oregon.
When he takes the stage to conduct, he walks out rapidly, slightly hunched, his head thrust forward, as if moving through a gantlet and trying to protect himself from the needling arrows of thousands of watching eyes.
Oregon women's soccer team continues to run Pac-12 gantlet .
The importance of a close review of financial information from proposed purchasers of co-op apartments $("The Co-op Admissions Gantlet ," Feb 9$) is vastly overrated.
Kayak fishing can get you off the hook for gantlet.
SALT LAKE CITY — Chad Hoover can thank running the gantlet for whipping him into fishing shape.
John Harbaugh has guided the Baltimore Ravens to an impressive 3-1 start, winning three of four games during a grueling, 17-day gantlet that included two prime-time games within a five-day span.