Definition of Hurdle

1. Noun. A light movable barrier that competitors must leap over in certain races.

Generic synonyms: Barrier



2. Verb. Jump a hurdle.
Category relationships: Athletics, Sport
Generic synonyms: Overleap, Vault
Derivative terms: Hurdler, Hurdling

3. Noun. An obstacle that you are expected to overcome. "The last hurdle before graduation"
Generic synonyms: Obstacle, Obstruction

4. Noun. The act of jumping over an obstacle.
Exact synonyms: Vault
Generic synonyms: Jump, Jumping
Derivative terms: Vault

Definition of Hurdle

1. n. A movable frame of wattled twigs, osiers, or withes and stakes, or sometimes of iron, used for inclosing land, for folding sheep and cattle, for gates, etc.; also, in fortification, used as revetments, and for other purposes.

2. v. t. To hedge, cover, make, or inclose with hurdles.

Definition of Hurdle

1. Noun. An artificial barrier, variously constructed, over which men or horses jump in a race. ¹

2. Noun. A perceived obstacle. ¹

3. Noun. 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. ¹

4. Noun. (UK obsolete) A sled or crate on which criminals were formerly drawn to the place of execution. ¹

5. Verb. To jump over something while running. ¹

6. Verb. To compete in the track and field events of hurdles (e.g. high hurdles). ¹

7. Verb. To overcome an obstacle. ¹

8. Verb. To hedge, cover, make, or enclose with hurdles. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Hurdle

1. to jump over [v -DLED, -DLING, -DLES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Hurdle

huperzine
huperzines
huppah
huppahs
hupped
hupping
hups
huqa
huqas
huqin
hurcheon
hurcheons
hurden
hurdens
hurdies
hurdle (current term)
hurdle race
hurdled
hurdler
hurdlers
hurdles
hurdlework
hurdleworks
hurdling
hurdlings
hurds
hurdy-gurdies
hurdy-gurdy
hurdy gurdy
hurkaru

Literary usage of Hurdle

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. St. Nicholas by Mary Mapes Dodge (1903)
"ONE of the prettiest events on any athletic programme is the high hurdle. ... Formerly, in the days of Puffer and Stephen Chase, the hurdle race was even a ..."

2. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Court of Appeals of Maryland by Richard Wordsworth Gill, Oliver Miller, Maryland Court of Appeals (1852)
"THOMAS J. hurdle.—December, 1847. A guardian executed a conveyance of negroes, by way of indemnity, to a security in his bond, which security bequeathed ..."

3. History of Corn Milling by Richard Bennett (1900)
"The hurdle, as a punishment for millers, was 3. The hurdle. first introduced in London in 1 280, when, at the same meeting which substituted payment of toll ..."

4. New York's Great Industries: Exchange and Commercial Review, Embracing Also by Edwards and Critten, Historical publishing company (1885)
"One of the best known patent agents in New York is Mr. JA hurdle, ... Mr. hurdle has had great practical experience, and is peculiarly fitted by his ..."

5. Handbook of Athletic Games for Players, Instructors, and Spectators by Jessie Hubbell Bancroft, William Dean Pulvermacher (1916)
"hurdle RACES DESCRIPTION. — A hurdle race is a combination of running and ... hurdle races are run over a total distance of from 40 yards to 440 yards, ..."

6. The Young Folk's Cyclopædia of Games and Sports by John Denison Champlin, Arthur Elmore Bostwick (1890)
"Each hurdle, as it is reached, is cleared at a single stride, ... The rule of the National Amateur Athletic Union for hurdle races is as follows: Different ..."

7. The Encyclopaedia of Sport by Frederick George Aflalo, Hedley Peek (1897)
"To accomplish this the runner must be careful to approach the first hurdle at the highest speed attainable, and in rising from the left foot (jumpers ..."

8. Practical Training for Athletics, Health, and Pleasure by Randolph Faries (1897)
"120 YARDS hurdle RACE. TN this event the hurdles are three feet six inches ... and are placed ten yards apart, the first hurdle being *e?t yards from the ..."

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