What does gauntlet mean?

Definitions for gauntlet
ˈgɔnt lɪt, ˈgɑnt-gaunt·let

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word gauntlet.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. to offer or accept a challenge

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

  2. a glove of armored leather; protects the hand

  3. a glove with long sleeve

  4. 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

Webster Dictionary

  1. see Gantlet

    Etymology: [F. gantelet, dim. of gant glove, LL. wantus, of Teutonic origin; cf. D. want, Sw. & Dan. vante, Icel. vttr, for vantr.]

  2. a glove of such material that it defends the hand from wounds

    Etymology: [F. gantelet, dim. of gant glove, LL. wantus, of Teutonic origin; cf. D. want, Sw. & Dan. vante, Icel. vttr, for vantr.]

  3. a long glove, covering the wrist

    Etymology: [F. gantelet, dim. of gant glove, LL. wantus, of Teutonic origin; cf. D. want, Sw. & Dan. vante, Icel. vttr, for vantr.]

  4. a rope on which hammocks or clothes are hung for drying

    Etymology: [F. gantelet, dim. of gant glove, LL. wantus, of Teutonic origin; cf. D. want, Sw. & Dan. vante, Icel. vttr, for vantr.]

Freebase

  1. Gauntlet is a name for several different styles of glove, particularly those with an extended cuff covering part of the forearm. Gauntlets exist in many forms, ranging from flexible fabric and leather gloves, to mail and fully articulated plate armour.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. gänt′let, n. the iron glove of armour, formerly thrown down in challenge: a long glove covering the wrist.—p.adj. Gaunt′leted, wearing a gauntlet or gauntlets.—n. Gaunt′let-guard, a guard of a sword or dagger, protecting the hand very thoroughly.—Run the gauntlet (see Gantlet).—Throw down, Take up, the gauntlet, to give, to accept a challenge. [Fr. gantelet, double dim. of gant, a glove, of Scand. origin; cf. Old Sw. vante, a glove, Ice. vöttr, a glove, Dan. vante.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. (See GIRT-LINE.) Also, a rope round the ship to the lower yard-arms, for drying scrubbed hammocks. Of old the term denoted the armed knight's iron glove. (See GANT-LOPE, for running the gauntlet.)

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. (Fr. gantelet). A large glove of mail; a covering for the hand with plates of metal on the back, worn as a part of the defensive armor in ancient times. A long glove, covering the wrist; as, a riding-gauntlet. To take up the gauntlet, to accept a challenge. To throw down the gauntlet, to offer or send a challenge; to defy.

  2. A kind of military punishment; the gantelet used in the expression to run the gauntlet. See Gantlope.

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Numerology

  1. The numerical value of gauntlet in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. The numerical value of gauntlet in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of gauntlet in a Sentence

  1. It’s been very helpful and comforting to us that what made her special, everyone else is taking up the gauntlet for her and spreading the same kind of kindness that she would have had she been able to live longer.

  2. If you can't have a beer at the Bud tent, look comfortable standing in a cattle barn, or eat a corn dog without embarrassing yourself, you probably aren't going anywhere in the Iowa caucuses, campaigns need to understand that the Iowa State Fair creates far more chances to fail than to succeed, but it's an important gauntlet if you want a ticket punched out of Iowa.

  3. It took less than five minutes into Fox's 'Grease: Live' for director Thomas Kail to throw down the gauntlet, kick it out the door and slam the door shut on just about any future live musicals when it comes to sheer technical dexterity.

  4. God answers sharp and sudden on some prayers and thrust the thing we have prayed for in our face, like a gauntlet with a gift in it.

  5. When the will defies fear, when duty throws the gauntlet down to fate, when honor scorns to compromise with death -- that is heroism.

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