A runner jumps over a hurdle.
- The definition of a hurdle is a barrier that athletes or horses need to jump over during a competition, or an obstacle that needs to be overcome.
- A large plastic barrier that an athlete has to jump over during a triathlonis an example of a hurdle.
- When you have no money to go to college, the lack of funds is an example of a hurdle that you must overcome before you can attend school.
- To hurdle is defined as to jump over barriers.
When you take part in a race where there are a series of 3-foot high barriers on the track that you have to run and jump over, this is an example of a time when you hurdle.
- Chiefly Brit. a portable frame made of interlaced twigs, etc., used as a temporary fence or enclosure
- Historical a kind of frame or sled on which prisoners in England were drawn through the streets to execution
- any of a series of framelike barriers over which horses or runners must leap in a special race (the hurdles)
- a difficulty to be overcome; obstacle
Origin of hurdleMiddle English hirdel from Old English hyrdel from Germanic base an unverified form hurd-, wickerwork, hurdle, akin to hyrd, door, Frankish an unverified form hurda, a pen, fold from Indo-European base an unverified form kert-, to plait, twist together from source Classical Latin cratis (see crate), Classical Greek kyrtos, bird cage
transitive verb-·dled, -·dling
- to enclose or fence off with hurdles
- to jump over (a barrier), as in a race
- to overcome (an obstacle)
- Sports a. A light portable barrier over which competitors must leap in certain races.b. hurdles A race in which a series of such barriers must be jumped without the competitors' breaking their stride.c. A leaping step made off one foot as means of maximizing spring at the end of an approach, as to a dive.
- An obstacle or difficulty to be overcome: the last hurdle before graduation.
- Chiefly British A portable framework made of intertwined branches or wattle and used for temporary fencing.
- Chiefly British A frame or sledge on which condemned persons were dragged to execution.
verbhur·dled, hur·dling, hur·dles
- To leap over (a barrier) in or as if in a race.
- To overcome or deal with successfully; surmount: hurdle a problem.
Origin of hurdleMiddle English hurdel portable panel for temporary fences from Old English hyrdel
left to right: Konstadinos Douvalidis of Greece, David Payne of the United States, and Mikel Thomas of Trinidad and Tobago at the 2008 Olympic Games
- An artificial barrier, variously constructed, over which athletes or horses jump in a race.
- A perceived obstacle.
- A movable frame of wattled twigs, osiers, or withes and stakes, or sometimes of iron, used for enclosing land, for folding sheep and cattle, for gates, etc.; also, in fortification, used as revetments, and for other purposes.
(third-person singular simple present hurdles, present participle hurdling, simple past and past participle hurdled)
From Old English hyrdel.