Examples of hurtle in a Sentence
Boulders hurtled down the hill.
We kept to the side of the road as cars and trucks hurtled past us.
The protesters hurtled bottles at the police.
He hurtled himself into the crowd.
Recent Examples of hurtle from the Web
In the quest for the first key, for example, players must compete in a road race, hurtling along virtual streets in virtual cars of their own choosing.
Progress can be seen in new roads that cut through the mountains and a high-speed train that is set to hurtle down the coast by year’s end.
In 1980, an accident in a missile silo in Damascus, Arkansas sent a thermonuclear warhead hurtling a hundred feet into the air.
Doris Rucker Wasden, 99, was sleeping when a man entered her house and came hurtling into her bedroom.
Two gigantic ramps offer enough runway for skiers and snowboarders to hurtle themselves into the air an alarming way.
Christie clashed with China’s Li Yinyu in the second semifinal and was sent hurtling into the padded boards, crashing at a furious pace and immediately screaming in pain.
But that wasn’t the only thing hurtling into space.
Sungbin Yun of Korea won gold in Friday’s men’s competition, where Team Great Britain also won their first medal of the Games, when Dom Parsons hurtled to a dramatic bronze win.
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Hurdle vs. Hurtle
Indistinguishable in speech, the words hurtle and hurdle can be a confusing pair.
Hurtle is a verb with two meanings: "to move rapidly or forcefully," as in "The stone was hurtling through the air," and "to hurl or fling," as in "I hurtled the stone into the air." Note that the first use is intransitive: the stone isn't hurtling anything; it itself is simply hurtling. The second use is transitive: something was hurtled—in this case, a stone.
Hurdle is both a noun and a verb. As a noun, its most common meanings have to do with barriers: the ones that runners leap over, and the metaphorical extension of these, the figurative barriers and obstacles we try to similarly overcome. The verb hurdle has two meanings, and they are directly related to these. It can mean "to leap over especially while running," as in "She hurdled the fence," and it can mean "to overcome or surmount," as in "They've had to hurdle significant financial obstacles." The verb hurdle is always transitive; that is, there's always a thing being hurdled, whether it be a physical obstacle or a metaphorical one.
Origin and Etymology of hurtle
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
barrel, belt, blast, blaze, blow, bolt, bowl, breeze, bundle, bustle, buzz, cannonball, careen, career, chase, course, dash, drive, fly, hare, hasten, hie, highball, hotfoot (it), hump, hurl, hurry, hustle, jet, jump, motor, nip, pelt, race, ram, rip, rocket, run, rush, rustle, scoot, scurry, scuttle, shoot, speed, step, tear, travel, trot, whirl, whisk, zip, zoom;
beat it, get a move on, make tracks, shake a leg, step on it;
HURTLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of hurtle for English Language Learners
: to move or fall with great speed and force
: to cause (something or someone) to move or go with great speed and force
HURTLE Defined for Kids
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