WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
hur•dle /ˈhɝdəl/USA pronunciation n., v., -dled, -dling.
n.  Sport[countable] a fencelike barrier or frame over which racers or horses must jump in certain races. Sporthurdles, [uncountable;
used with a singular verb]
a track race in which racers leap hurdles.
[countable] a difficulty to be overcome;

v. [+ object] to leap over (a barrier), as in a race:He hurdled the bars easily. to overcome; surmount:He hurdled the last obstacle to success. hur•dler, n. [countable]

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hurdle /ˈhɜːdəl/ n
  1. one of a number of light barriers over which runners leap in certain events
  2. a low barrier used in certain horse races
  3. an obstacle to be overcome
  4. a light framework of interlaced osiers, wattle, etc, used as a temporary fence
  5. Brit a sledge on which criminals were dragged to their executions
  1. to jump (a hurdle, etc), as in racing
  2. (transitive) to surround with hurdles
  3. (transitive) to overcome
Etymology: Old English hyrdel; related to Gothic haurds door, Old Norse hurth door, Old High German hurd, Latin crātis, Greek kurtos basket

ˈhurdler n

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