Hurdle meaning

hûrdl
An obstacle or difficulty to be overcome.

The last hurdle before graduation.

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(chiefly british) A frame or sledge on which condemned persons were dragged to execution.
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To overcome or deal with successfully; surmount.

Hurdle a problem.

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(chiefly british) A portable framework made of intertwined branches or wattle and used for temporary fencing.
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To leap over a barrier or other obstacle.
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A difficulty to be overcome; obstacle.
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An artificial barrier, variously constructed, over which athletes or horses jump in a race.
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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 triathlon is 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.

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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.

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(chiefly brit.) A portable frame made of interlaced twigs, etc., used as a temporary fence or enclosure.
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(historical) A kind of frame or sled on which prisoners in England were drawn through the streets to execution.
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Any of a series of framelike barriers over which horses or runners must leap in a special race (the hurdles)
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To enclose or fence off with hurdles.
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To jump over (a barrier), as in a race.
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To overcome (an obstacle)
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​A perceived obstacle.
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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.
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To jump over something while running.

He hurdled the bench in his rush to get away.

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To compete in the track and field events of hurdles (e.g. high hurdles).
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To overcome an obstacle.
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To hedge, cover, make, or enclose with hurdles.

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To leap over (a barrier) in or as if in a race.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
hurdle
Plural:
hurdles

Origin of hurdle

  • Middle English hurdel portable panel for temporary fences from Old English hyrdel

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English hyrdel.

    From Wiktionary