Meaning of HURDLE in English


■ noun

1》 one of a series of upright frames which athletes in a race must jump over.

↘( ~s ) a ~ race.

2》 an obstacle or difficulty.

3》 a portable rectangular frame strengthened with withies or wooden bars, used as a temporary fence.

↘a horse race over a series of such frames.

↘ Brit. historical a frame on which traitors were dragged to execution.

■ verb

1》 [often as noun hurdling ] run in a ~ race.

↘jump over (an obstacle) while running.

2》 fence off with ~s.


~r noun


OE hyrdel 'temporary fence', of Gmc origin.

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