Meaning of HURDLE in English


n. & v.


1. Athletics a each of a series of light frames to be cleared by athletes in a race. b (in pl.) a hurdle-race.

2 an obstacle or difficulty.

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

4 hist. a frame on which traitors were dragged to execution.


1. Athletics a intr. run in a hurdle-race. b tr. clear (a hurdle).

2 tr. fence off etc. with hurdles.

3 tr. overcome (a difficulty).

Etymology: OE hyrdel f. Gmc

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.