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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
hur•dle /ˈhɝdəl/USA pronunciation
n., v., -dled, -dling. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
v. [~ + object]
- 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;
hur•dler, n. [countable]
- to leap over (a barrier), as in a race:He hurdled the bars easily.
- to overcome; surmount:He hurdled the last obstacle to success.
(hûr′dl), n., v., -dled, -dling.
- Sporta portable barrier over which contestants must leap in certain running races, usually a wooden frame with a hinged inner frame that swings down under impact to prevent injury to a runner who does not clear it.
- Sporthurdles, (used with a sing. v.) a race in which contestants must leap over a number of such barriers placed at specific intervals around the track. Cf. high hurdles, low hurdles.
- Sportany of various vertical barriers, as a hedge, low wall, or section of fence, over which horses must jump in certain types of turf races, as a steeplechase, but esp. an artificial barrier.
- a difficult problem to be overcome;
- British Terms[Chiefly Brit.]a movable rectangular frame of interlaced twigs, crossed bars, or the like, as for a temporary fence.
- a frame or sled on which criminals, esp. traitors, were formerly drawn to the place of execution.
- to leap over (a hurdle, barrier, fence, etc.), as in a race.
- to master (a difficulty, problem, etc.);
- to construct with hurdles;
enclose with hurdles.
- to leap over a hurdle or other barrier.
Middle English hirdel, hurdel (noun, nominal), Old English hyrdel, equivalent. to hyrd- + -el noun, nominal suffix;
compare German Hürde hurdle;
akin to Latin crātis hurdle, wickerwork, Greek kýrtos basket, cage, Sanskrit kṛt spin
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
hurdle /ˈhɜːdəl/ n
- one of a number of light barriers over which runners leap in certain events
- a low barrier used in certain horse races
- an obstacle to be overcome
- a light framework of interlaced osiers, wattle, etc, used as a temporary fence
- Brit a sledge on which criminals were dragged to their executions
Etymology: Old English hyrdel; related to Gothic haurds door, Old Norse hurth door, Old High German hurd, Latin crātis, Greek kurtos basketˈhurdler n
- to jump (a hurdle, etc), as in racing
- (transitive) to surround with hurdles
- (transitive) to overcome
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