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hurtle

[hur-tl] /ˈhɜr tl/
verb (used without object), hurtled, hurtling.
1.
to rush violently; move with great speed:
The car hurtled down the highway.
2.
to move or go noisily or resoundingly, as with violent or rapid motion:
The sound was deafening, as tons of snow hurtled down the mountain.
3.
Archaic. to strike together or against something; collide.
verb (used with object), hurtled, hurtling.
4.
to drive violently; fling; dash.
5.
Archaic. to dash against; collide with.
noun
6.
Archaic. clash; collision; shock; clatter.
Origin of hurtle
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English hurtle, equivalent to hurt(en) (see hurt) + -le -le
Can be confused
hurdle, hurl, hurtle.
Synonyms
1. speed, fly, race, rush, shoot.
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hurtle

/ˈhɜːtəl/
verb
1.
to project or be projected very quickly, noisily, or violently
2.
(intransitive) (rare) to collide or crash
Word Origin
C13 hurtlen, from hurten to strike; see hurt1
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Word Origin and History for hurtle
v.

early 14c., hurteln, "to crash together; to crash down, knock down," probably frequentative of hurten (see hurt (v.)) in its original sense. Intransitive meaning "to rush, dash, charge" is late 14c. The essential notion in hurtle is that of forcible collision, in hurl that of forcible projection. Related: Hurtled; hurtling.

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