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hurdle

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noun hur·dle \ˈhər-dəl\

Simple Definition of hurdle

  • : one of a series of barriers to be jumped over in a race

  • the hurdles : a race in which runners must jump over hurdles

  • : something that makes an achievement difficult

Full Definition of hurdle

  1. 1 a :  a portable panel usually of wattled withes and stakes used especially for enclosing land or livestock b :  a frame or sled formerly used in England for dragging traitors to execution

  2. 2 a :  an artificial barrier over which racers must leap b plural :  any of various track events in which a series of hurdles must be surmounted

  3. 3 :  barrier, obstacle

Examples of hurdle

  1. He won a medal in the high hurdles.

  2. The company faces severe financial hurdles this year.



Illustration of hurdle

Origin of hurdle

Middle English hurdel, from Old English hyrdel; akin to Old High German hurt hurdle, Latin cratis wickerwork, hurdle


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with hurdle


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hurdle

verb hur·dle

Simple Definition of hurdle

  • : to jump over (something) while running

  • : to deal with (a problem or difficulty) successfully

Full Definition of hurdle

hur·dledhur·dling play \ˈhərd-liŋ, ˈhər-dəl-iŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to leap over especially while running (as in a sporting competition)

  3. 2 :  overcome, surmount

hur·dler play \ˈhərd-lər, ˈhər-dəl-ər\ noun

Examples of hurdle

  1. The horse hurdled the fence.



1896

First Known Use of hurdle

1896




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