|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|
|2.||[ noun ] (clothing) a glove of armored leather; protects the hand|
|Related terms:||glove chain_mail body_armor|
|3.||[ noun ] (clothing) a glove with long sleeve|
|4.||[ noun ] to offer or accept a challenge|
"threw down the gauntlet" "took up the gauntlet"
|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|