gaunt·let /ˈgɔntlət, ˈgɑnt-/
Gaunt·let n. Mil. See Gantlet.
1. A glove of such material that it defends the hand from wounds.
Note: ☞ The gauntlet of the Middle Ages was sometimes of chain mail, sometimes of leather partly covered with plates, scales, etc., of metal sewed to it, and, in the 14th century, became a glove of small steel plates, carefully articulated and covering the whole hand except the palm and the inside of the fingers.
2. A long glove, covering the wrist.
3. Naut. A rope on which hammocks or clothes are hung for drying.
To take up the gauntlet, to accept a challenge.
To throw down the gauntlet, to offer or send a challenge. The gauntlet or glove was thrown down by the knight challenging, and was taken up by the one who accepted the challenge; -- hence the phrases.
n 1: to offer or accept a challenge; "threw down the gauntlet";
"took up the gauntlet" [syn: gantlet]
2: a glove of armored leather; protects the hand [syn: gantlet,
3: a glove with long sleeve [syn: gantlet]
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 [syn: gantlet]