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gantlet

1
[ gant-lit, gawnt- ]
/ ˈgænt lɪt, ˈgɔnt- /
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noun
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.
verb (used with object)
Railroads. to form or lay down as a gantlet: to gantlet tracks.
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Also gauntlet (for defs. 1, 3) .

Origin of gantlet

1
First recorded in 1900–05; variant of gantlope

Other definitions for gantlet (2 of 2)

gantlet2
[ gant-lit, gawnt- ]
/ ˈgænt lɪt, ˈgɔnt- /

noun

OTHER WORDS FROM gantlet

gant·let·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for gantlet (1 of 2)

gantlet1
/ (ˈɡæntlɪt, ˈɡɔːnt-) /

noun
a section of a railway where two tracks overlap
US a variant spelling of gauntlet 2

Word Origin for gantlet

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

British Dictionary definitions for gantlet (2 of 2)

gantlet2
/ (ˈɡæntlɪt, ˈɡɔːnt-) /

noun
a variant of gauntlet 1
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