gauntlet definition

  • noun:
    • A protective glove worn with medieval armor.
    • A protective glove with a flared cuff, used in manual work, in a few activities, as well as driving.
    • A challenge: toss along the gauntlet; use the gauntlet.
    • A dress glove cuffed above the wrist.
    • a type of discipline or torture where folks armed with sticks or other tools arrange themselves in two lines dealing with each other and defeat the person obligated to operate between them.
    • The outlines of men and women therefore organized.
    • An onslaught or attack from all sides: "The hostages . . . went the gauntlet of insult on the option to the airport” ( Harper's).
    • A severe trial; an ordeal.
    • Protective armor when it comes to fingers.
    • Two parallel rows of attackers who strike at a criminal as discipline
    • multiple attack from several edges
    • Any challenging, difficult, or painful experience, frequently one performed for atonement or discipline
    • a short-term convergence of two synchronous railway tracks permitting passageway through a narrow opening in each direction without switching.
    • See gantlet.
    • A glove of such product it defends the hand from injuries.
    • a lengthy glove, covering the wrist.
    • A rope on which hammocks or garments are hung for drying.
    • A glove; specifically, in medieval armor, a glove of protection, either attached to the protective armor for the arm or separate as a result.
    • A long stout glove, typically for usage in driving or operating. As normally worn, it addresses loosely the lower part of the arm.
    • In a restricted good sense, the wrist-cover or cuff alone of a glove.
    • A mitt.
    • In surgery, a kind of bandage which envelops the hand and fingers like a glove.
    • Hence, in general — To challenge; invite opposition with the view of overcoming it.
    • Same as gantlet, 1.
    • to offer or take difficult
    • a glove of armored leather; protects the hand
    • a kind of punishment for which one is forced to run between two outlines of men facing both and equipped with clubs or whips to beat the victim
    • a glove with lengthy sleeve

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