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hurl

verb \ˈhər(-ə)l\

: to throw (something) with force

: to say or shout (something, such as an insult) in a loud and forceful way

hurledhurl·ing \ˈhər-liŋ\

Full Definition of HURL

intransitive verb
1
:  rush, hurtle
2
:  pitch 5a, b
3
:  vomit
transitive verb
1
:  to send or thrust with great vigor <the forces that were to be hurled against the Turks — N. T. Gilroy>
2
:  to throw down with violence
3
a :  to throw forcefully :  fling <hurled the manuscript into the fire> <hurled myself over the fence>
b :  pitch 2a
4
:  to utter with vehemence <hurled insults at the police>
hurl noun
hurl·er \ˈhər-lər\ noun
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Examples of HURL

  1. Someone hurled a rock through the window.
  2. He hurled a chair at me.
  3. It looked like she was going to hurl herself down the stairs.
  4. The protesters hurled insults at us.

Origin of HURL

Middle English
First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of HURL

throw, cast, toss, fling, hurl, pitch, sling mean to cause to move swiftly through space by a propulsive movement or a propelling force. throw is general and interchangeable with the other terms but may specifically imply a distinctive motion with bent arm <can throw a fastball and a curve>. cast usually implies lightness in the thing thrown and sometimes a scattering <cast it to the winds>. toss suggests a light or careless or aimless throwing and may imply an upward motion <tossed the coat on the bed>. fling stresses a violent throwing <flung the ring back in his face>. hurl implies power as in throwing a massive weight <hurled himself at the intruder>. pitch suggests throwing carefully at a target <pitch horseshoes>. sling stresses either the use of whirling momentum in throwing or directness of aim <slung the bag over his shoulder>.
HURLED Defined for Kids

hurl

verb \ˈhərl\
hurledhurl·ing

Definition of HURL for Kids

:  to throw with force <We hurled buckets of water on the flames.>

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