Meaning of HURDLE in English


— hurdler , n.

/herr"dl/ , n. , v. , hurdled, hurdling .


1. a portable barrier over which contestants must leap in certain running races, usually a wooden frame with a hinged inner frame that swings down under impact to prevent injury to a runner who does not clear it.

2. hurdles , ( used with a sing. v. ) a race in which contestants must leap over a number of such barriers placed at specific intervals around the track. Cf. high hurdles, low hurdles .

3. any of various vertical barriers, as a hedge, low wall, or section of fence, over which horses must jump in certain types of turf races, as a steeplechase, but esp. an artificial barrier.

4. a difficult problem to be overcome; obstacle.

5. Chiefly Brit. a movable rectangular frame of interlaced twigs, crossed bars, or the like, as for a temporary fence.

6. a frame or sled on which criminals, esp. traitors, were formerly drawn to the place of execution.


7. to leap over (a hurdle, barrier, fence, etc.), as in a race.

8. to master (a difficulty, problem, etc.); overcome.

9. to construct with hurdles; enclose with hurdles.


10. to leap over a hurdle or other barrier.

[ bef. 900; ME hirdel, hurdel (n.), OE hyrdel, equiv. to hyrd- + -el n. suffix; cf. G Hürde hurdle; akin to L cratis hurdle, wickerwork, Gk kýrtos basket, cage, Skt krt spin ]

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