hurtle

[hur-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:
1175–1225; Middle English hurtle, equivalent to hurt(en) (see hurt) + -le -le

hurdle, hurl, hurtle.


1. speed, fly, race, rush, shoot.
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hurtle (ˈhɜːtəl)
 
vb
1.  to project or be projected very quickly, noisily, or violently
2.  rare (intr) to collide or crash
 
[C13 hurtlen, from hurten to strike; see hurt1]

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hurtle
early 13c., hurteln, probably frequentative of hurten (see hurt). The essential notion in hurtle is that of forcible collision, in hurl that of forcible projection.
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Example sentences
The effect would have been as though a lousy cosmic golfer tore up a giant
  chunk of turf and sent it hurtling into orbit.
Eventually the roar fades as the swarm misses our scent, hurtling on
  relentlessly in the midday sun.
Two years is a long time to travel for a blind date, especially if it's a
  rather homely piece of rock hurtling through space.
Your standing on a bridge and can see a train hurtling toward five people who
  will be killed.
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