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gauntlet


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gauntlet  \Gaunt"let\,  n.  (Mil.) 
  See  {Gantlet}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gauntlet  \Gaunt"let\,  n.  [F.  gantelet,  dim.  of  gant  glove,  LL 
  wantus  of  Teutonic  origin;  cf  D.  want  Sw  &  Dan.  vante, 
  Icel.  v["o]ttr,  for  vantr.] 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  gauntlet 
  n  1:  a  glove  of  armored  leather;  protects  the  hand  [syn:  {metal 
  glove}] 
  2:  a  glove  with  long  sleeve  [syn:  {gauntlets}] 




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