1. [ noun ] a form of punishment in which a person is forced to run between two lines of men facing each other and armed with clubs or whips to beat the victim
Synonyms: gauntlet
Related terms: corporal_punishment
2. [ noun ] (clothing) a glove of armored leather; protects the hand
Synonyms: metal_glove gauntlet
Related terms: glove chain_mail body_armor
3. [ noun ] (clothing) a glove with long sleeve
Synonyms: gauntlets gauntlet
Related terms: glove
4. [ noun ] to offer or accept a challenge
Synonyms: gauntlet

"threw down the gauntlet" "took up the gauntlet"

Related terms: challenge
5. [ noun ] (transportation) the convergence of two parallel railroad tracks in a narrow place; the inner rails cross and run parallel and then diverge so a train remains on its own tracks at all times
Related terms: railroad_track
Similar spelling:   gauntlet