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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
First recorded in 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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  • But the narrow path along which Andrew rode was a gantlet to him.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • I have heard the story of your running the gantlet and surprising the road-agents.

    Buffalo Bill's Spy Trailer Colonel Prentiss Ingraham
  • His return to the hills was equivalent to running the gantlet.

    They of the High Trails

    Hamlin Garland
  • "We'd best hurry, Peggy," he said, urging her toward the gantlet.

    The Great Potlatch Riots Allen Kim Lang
  • He knew that they would not kill him in the gantlet; they would save him for the fire.

    The Road to Frontenac

    Samuel Merwin
  • "I was able to make it the gantlet first," Timmendiquas was saying in his ear.

    The Riflemen of the Ohio

    Joseph A. Altsheler
  • She did not wish to run the gantlet of Mrs. Beaseley's volubility on this occasion.

    The Mission of Janice Day Helen Beecher Long
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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