WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
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.
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
- 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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