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Definition of "gantlet" []

  • 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. (noun)
  • To converge (railroad tracks) to form a gantlet. (verb-transitive)
  • Variant of gauntlet1. (noun)
  • Variant of gauntlet2. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "gantlet" in a sentence
  • "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!""