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[hur-tl] /ˈhɜr tl/
verb (used without object), hurtled, hurtling.
to rush violently; move with great speed:
The car hurtled down the highway.
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.
Archaic. to strike together or against something; collide.
verb (used with object), hurtled, hurtling.
to drive violently; fling; dash.
Archaic. to dash against; collide with.
Archaic. clash; collision; shock; clatter.
Origin of hurtle
1175-1225; Middle English hurtle, equivalent to hurt(en) (see hurt) + -le -le
Can be confused
hurdle, hurl, hurtle.
1. speed, fly, race, rush, shoot. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hurtle
  • Another priority is making sure that the economy doesn't hurtle out of control.
  • Set it up, hurtle full speed to the first corner and then spin off the track in a tumble of bright plastic tat.
  • Adult females weigh as much as five pounds and hurtle through the air on wings more than five feet across.
  • Grant soon shows himself able to hurtle through this intrigue without altogether losing his sardonic edge.
  • We hurtle through the darkness, locked beside strangers, breathing their air.
  • Maybe some of them also hurtle through time and see war, war, war.
  • As they flee, two cars hurtle down a nearby dirt road in the opposite direction-straight at the tornado.
  • And when its characters hurtle though space, they do it with breathtaking energy.
  • There are moments when it seems to hurtle, almost out of control, across an extraordinary range of fact and thought.
  • In the lack of anything to hurtle past, speed had become an abstract, reduced to time and distance measures on a laser gun.
British Dictionary definitions for hurtle


to project or be projected very quickly, noisily, or violently
(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

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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