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
That’s one hurdle done.
Problem solved. This was the major hurdle and changes everything.
The numbers did not disappoint. We cleared the last hurdle for a rate increase.
The biology is the biggest hurdle ... at every heartbeat men produce thousands of sperm.
They've got a pretty high hurdle here to demonstrate that these (appellate) judges were incorrect.
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Translations for hurdle
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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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