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[gant-lit, gawnt-]
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  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)
  1. Railroads. to form or lay down as a gantlet: to gantlet tracks.
Also gauntlet (for defs 1, 3).

Origin of gantlet1

First recorded in 1900–05; variant of gantlope
Can be confusedgambit gamut gantlet gauntlet


[gant-lit, gawnt-]
  1. gauntlet1.
Related formsgant·let·ed, adjective
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  1. a section of a railway where two tracks overlap
  2. US a variant spelling of gauntlet 2

Word Origin

C17 gantlope (modern spelling influenced by gauntlet 1), from Swedish gatlopp, literally: passageway, from gata way (related to gate ³) + lop course


  1. a variant of gauntlet 1
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Word Origin and History for gantlet

see gauntlet (n.1).

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