a light movable barrier that competitors must leap over in certain races
an obstacle that you are expected to overcome
"the last hurdle before graduation"
the act of jumping over an obstacle
jump a hurdle
An artificial barrier, variously constructed, over which men or horses jump in a race.
A perceived obstacle.
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.
To jump over something while running.
He hurdled the bench in his rush to get away.
To compete in the track and field events of hurdles (e.g. high hurdles).
To overcome an obstacle.
Origin: From hyrdel.
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
in England, a sled or crate on which criminals were formerly drawn to the place of execution
an artificial barrier, variously constructed, over which men or horses leap in a race
to hedge, cover, make, or inclose with hurdles
Origin: [OE. hurdel, hirdel, AS. hyrdel; akin to D. horde, OHG. hurt, G. hrde a hurdle, fold, pen, Icel. hur door, Goth. hards, L. cratis wickerwork, hurdle, Gr. , Skr. kt to spin, ct to bind, connect. 16. Cf. Crate, Grate, n.]
A hurdle is a moveable section of light fence. Traditionally hurdles were made from wattle, but modern hurdles are often made of metal. Hurdles are used for handling livestock, as decorative fencing, for horse racing and in the track and field event of hurdling.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
hur′dl, n. a frame of twigs or sticks interlaced: (agri.) a movable frame of timber or iron for gates, &c.: a rude sledge on which criminals were drawn to the gallows.—v.t. to enclose with hurdles.—n. Hur′dle-race, a race where the runners, whether men or horses, have to clear a succession of hurdles. [A.S. hyrdel; Ger. hürde.]
The numerical value of hurdle in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of hurdle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
From a technical point of view, there is a high probability of an upward breakout of the significant hurdle at 3,145.
Each handicap is like a hurdle in a steeplechase, and when you ride up to it, if you throw your heart over, the horse will go along, too.
Conservatives, Republicans have to rebuild public confidence in what we say we are going to do, that is a high hurdle but it is an achievable hurdle.
The hurdle is still reasonably high for sovereign QE but our view is that it's very likely they will go down that route some time in the second or possibly third quarter of next year.
If growth remains anemic sub-1 percent and inflation is 0.2, 0.3 or 0.1 percent, that would be a lowering of the hurdle to do QE, and we find it hard to be overly optimistic around growth prospects.
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- obstacleCatalan, Valencian
- Hürde, HindernisGerman
- valla, vallarSpanish
- obstacle, haie, barrièreFrench
- gát, karám, akadályHungarian
- ostacolo, barrieraItalian
- 障害物, 柵, ハードルJapanese
- hekkNorwegian Nynorsk
- затруднение, плетень, препятствие, барьерRussian
- препона, preponaSerbo-Croatian
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