WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
hur•dle /ˈhɝdəl/USA pronunciation n., v., -dled, -dling.

  • 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]

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    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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