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hurdle

[hur-dl] /ˈhɜr dl/
noun
1.
a portable barrier over which contestants must leap in certain running races, usually a wooden frame with a hinged inner frame that swings down under impact to prevent injury to a runner who does not clear it.
2.
hurdles, (used with a singular verb) a race in which contestants must leap over a number of such barriers placed at specific intervals around the track.
3.
any of various vertical barriers, as a hedge, low wall, or section of fence, over which horses must jump in certain types of turf races, as a steeplechase, but especially an artificial barrier.
4.
a difficult problem to be overcome; obstacle.
5.
Chiefly British. a movable rectangular frame of interlaced twigs, crossed bars, or the like, as for a temporary fence.
6.
a frame or sled on which criminals, especially traitors, were formerly drawn to the place of execution.
verb (used with object), hurdled, hurdling.
7.
to leap over (a hurdle, barrier, fence, etc.), as in a race.
8.
to master (a difficulty, problem, etc.); overcome.
9.
to construct with hurdles; enclose with hurdles.
verb (used without object), hurdled, hurdling.
10.
to leap over a hurdle or other barrier.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English hirdel, hurdel (noun), Old English hyrdel, equivalent to hyrd- + -el noun suffix; compare German Hürde hurdle; akin to Latin crātis hurdle, wickerwork, Greek kýrtos basket, cage, Sanskrit kṛt spin
Related forms
hurdler, noun
unhurdled, adjective
Can be confused
hurdle, hurl, hurtle.
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hurdle

/ˈhɜːdəl/
noun
1.
  1. (athletics) one of a number of light barriers over which runners leap in certain events
  2. a low barrier used in certain horse races
2.
an obstacle to be overcome
3.
a light framework of interlaced osiers, wattle, etc, used as a temporary fence
4.
(Brit) a sledge on which criminals were dragged to their executions
verb
5.
to jump (a hurdle, etc), as in racing
6.
(transitive) to surround with hurdles
7.
(transitive) to overcome
Derived Forms
hurdler, noun
Word Origin
Old English hyrdel; related to Gothic haurds door, Old Norse hurth door, Old High German hurd, Latin crātis, Greek kurtos basket
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Word Origin and History for un hurdled
hurdle
O.E. hyrdel "frame of intertwined twigs used as a temporary barrier," dim. of hyrd "door," from P.Gmc. *khurdis (cf. Ger. Hürde "hurdle, fold, pen;" O.N. hurð, Goth. haurds "door"), from PIE *krtis (cf. L. cratis "hurdle, wickerwork," Gk. kartalos "a kind of basket," kyrtos "fishing creel"), from base *qrt- "to weave, twist together" (cf. Skt. krt "to spin"). Sense of "barrier to jump in a race" first recorded 1833; figurative sense of "obstacle" is 1924.
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