HURDLE

vault, hurdle

(noun) the act of jumping over an obstacle

hurdle

(noun) a light movable barrier that competitors must leap over in certain races

hurdle

(noun) an obstacle that you are expected to overcome; “the last hurdle before graduation”

hurdle

(verb) jump a hurdle

Source: WordNet® 3.1


Etymology 1

Noun

hurdle (plural hurdles)

An artificial barrier, variously constructed, over which athletes or horses jump in a race.

A perceived obstacle.

A movable frame of wattled twigs, osiers, or withes and stakes, or sometimes of iron, used for enclosing land, for folding sheep and cattle, for gates, etc.; also, in fortification, used as revetments, and for other purposes.

(UK, obsolete) A sled or crate on which criminals were formerly drawn to the place of execution.

(T-flapping) Misspelling of hurtle.

Synonyms

• See also hindrance

Verb

hurdle (third-person singular simple present hurdles, present participle hurdling, simple past and past participle hurdled)

To jump over something while running.

To compete in the track and field events of hurdles (e.g. high hurdles).

To overcome an obstacle.

To hedge, cover, make, or enclose with hurdles.

Etymology 2

Noun

hurdle (plural hurdles)

(T-flapping) Misspelling of hurtle.

Verb

hurdle (third-person singular simple present hurdles, present participle hurdling, simple past and past participle hurdled)

(T-flapping) Misspelling of hurtle.

Anagrams

• hurled

Proper noun

Hurdle (plural Hurdles)

A surname.

Statistics

• According to the 2010 United States Census, Hurdle is the 12440th most common surname in the United States, belonging to 2497 individuals. Hurdle is most common among White (50.62%) and Black/African American (43.45%) individuals.

Anagrams

• hurled

Source: Wiktionary


Hur"dle, n. Etym: [OE. hurdel, hirdel, AS. hyrdel; akin to D. horde, OHG. hurt, G. hürde a hurdle, fold, pen, Icel. hur door, Goth. haúrds, L. cratis wickerwork, hurdle, Gr. k to spin, c to bind, connect. sq. root16. Cf. Crate, Grate, n.]

1. A movable frame of wattled twigs, osiers, or withes and stakes, or sometimes of iron, used for inclosing land, for folding sheep and cattle, for gates, etc.; also, in fortification, used as revetments, and for other purposes.

2. In England, a sled or crate on which criminals were formerly drawn to the place of execution. Bacon.

3. An artificial barrier, variously constructed, over which men or horses leap in a race. Hurdle race, a race in which artificial barriers in the form of hurdles, fences, etc., must be leaped.

Hur"dle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hurdleed; p. pr. & vb. n. Hurdleing.]

Definition: To hedge, cover, make, or inclose with hurdles. Milton.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition



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