- 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).
- 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
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- a section of a railway where two tracks overlap
- US a variant spelling of gauntlet 2
C17 gantlope (modern spelling influenced by gauntlet 1), from Swedish gatlopp, literally: passageway, from gata way (related to gate ³) + lop course
- a variant of gauntlet 1
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Word Origin and History for gantlet
see gauntlet (n.1).
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