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hurdle

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noun hur·dle \ˈhər-dəl\

Definition of hurdle

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

  2. 2a :  an artificial barrier over which racers must leap knocked over a hurdleb hurdles plural, track and field :  any of various events in which racers must jump over a series of hurdles won a medal in the high hurdles The hurdles is his best event.

  3. 3 :  barrier, obstacle a company that faces severe financial hurdles overcame many hurdles on her way to earning her degree

Examples of hurdle in a sentence

  1. He won a medal in the high hurdles.

  2. The company faces severe financial hurdles this year.

Illustration of hurdle

Origin and Etymology 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


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hurdle

verb hur·dle

Definition of hurdle

hurdled

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hurdling

play \ˈhərd-liŋ, ˈhər-dəl-iŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to leap over especially while running (as in a sporting competition) hurdling an obstacle in a steeplechase

  3. 2 :  overcome, surmount had to hurdle a series of competitive auditions — Collier's

hurdler

play \ˈhərd-lər, ˈhər-dəl-ər\ noun

Examples of hurdle in a sentence

  1. The horse hurdled the fence.

Origin and Etymology of hurdle

see 1hurdle


First Known Use: 1896



HURDLE Defined for English Language Learners

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hurdle

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noun hur·dle \ˈhər-dəl\

Definition of hurdle for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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hurdle

verb hur·dle

Definition of hurdle for English Language Learners

  • : to jump over (something) while running

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


HURDLE Defined for Kids

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hurdle

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noun hur·dle \ˈhər-dəl\

Definition of hurdle for Students

  1. 1 :  a barrier to be jumped in a race

  2. 2 hurdles plural :  a race in which runners must jump over barriers

  3. 3 :  obstacle He overcame many hurdles to become successful.


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hurdle

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verb hur·dle

Definition of hurdle for Students

hurdled

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hurdling

  1. 1 :  to leap over while running

  2. 2 :  overcome 1 You have obstacles to hurdle before graduating.



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