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.

(Gaunt"lett*ed), a. Wearing a gauntlet.

(Gaunt"ly), adv. In a gaunt manner; meagerly.

(Gaun"tree Gaun"try) n. [F. chantier, LL. cantarium, fr. L. canterius trellis, sort of frame.]

1. A frame for supporting barrels in a cellar or elsewhere. Sir W. Scott.

2. (Engin.) A scaffolding or frame carrying a crane or other structure. Knight.

(||Gaur) n. [Native name.] (Zoöl.) An East Indian species of wild cattle of large size and an untamable disposition. [Spelt also gour.]

(Gaure) v. i. To gaze; to stare. [Obs.] Chaucer.

(Gauze) n. [F. gaze; so called because it was first introduced from Gaza, a city of Palestine.] A very thin, slight, transparent stuff, generally of silk; also, any fabric resembling silk gauze; as, wire gauze; cotton gauze.

Gauze dresser, one employed in stiffening gauze.

(Gauze), a. Having the qualities of gauze; thin; light; as, gauze merino underclothing.

(Gauz"i*ness) n. The quality of being gauzy; flimsiness. Ruskin.

(Gauz"y) a. Pertaining to, or resembling, gauze; thin and slight as gauze.

(Gave) imp. of Give.

(Gav"el) n. A gable. [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.

(Gav"el), n. [OF. gavelle, F. javelle, prob. dim. from L. capulus handle, fr. capere to lay hold of, seize; or cf. W. gafael hold, grasp. Cf. Heave.] A small heap of grain, not tied up into a bundle. Wright.

(Gav"el), n. [Etymol. uncertain.]

1. The mallet of the presiding officer in a legislative body, public assembly, court, masonic body, etc.

2. A mason's setting maul. Knight.

(Gav"el), n. [OF. gavel, AS. gafol, prob. fr. gifan to give. See Give, and cf. Gabel tribute.] (Law) Tribute; toll; custom. [Obs.] See Gabel. Cowell.

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.

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