Meaning of HURDLE in English


I. hur ‧ dle 1 /ˈhɜːdl $ ˈhɜːr-/ BrE AmE noun

[ Language: Old English ; Origin: hyrdel ]

1 . [countable] a problem or difficulty that you must deal with before you can achieve something SYN obstacle :

Finding enough money for the project was the first hurdle.

overcome/clear/get over etc a hurdle (=deal successfully with a problem)

2 . [countable] one of a series of small fences that a person or horse has to jump over during a race

clear a hurdle (=successfully jump over a hurdle)

3 . the 100-metres/400-metres hurdles a race in which the runners have to jump over hurdles

II. hurdle 2 BrE AmE verb

1 . [intransitive and transitive] to jump over something while you are running:

He hurdled the fence and ran off down the street.

2 . [intransitive] to run in hurdle races

—hurdler noun [countable]

—hurdling noun [uncountable]

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.