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  1. hurdles, hurdling, hurdle racenoun

    a footrace in which contestants must negotiate a series of hurdles


  1. hurdles

    Hurdling is the act of jumping over an obstacle at a high speed or in a sprint. In the early 19th century, hurdlers ran at and jumped over each hurdle (sometimes known as 'burgles'), landing on both feet and checking their forward motion. Today, the dominant step patterns are the 3-step for high hurdles, 7-step for low hurdles, and 15-step for intermediate hurdles. Hurdling is a highly specialized form of obstacle racing, and is part of the sport of athletics. In hurdling events, barriers known as hurdles are set at precisely measured heights and distances. Each athlete must pass over the hurdles; passing under or intentionally knocking over hurdles will result in disqualification. Accidental knocking over of hurdles is not cause for disqualification, but the hurdles are weighted to make doing so disadvantageous. In 1902 Spalding equipment company sold the Foster Patent Safety Hurdle, a wood hurdle. In 1923 some of the wood hurdles weighed 16 lb (7.3 kg) each. Hurdle design improvements were made in 1935, when they developed the L-shaped hurdle. With this shape, the athlete could hit the hurdle and it will tip down, clearing the athlete's path. The most prominent hurdles events are 110 meters hurdles for men, 100 meters hurdles for women, and 400 meters hurdles (both sexes) – these three distances are all contested at the Summer Olympics and the World Athletics Championships. The two shorter distances take place on the straight of a running track, while the 400 m version covers one whole lap of a standard oval track. Events over shorter distances are also commonly held at indoor track and field events, ranging from 50 meters hurdles upwards. Women historically competed in the 80 meters hurdles at the Olympics in the mid-20th century. Hurdles race are also part of combined events contests, including the decathlon and heptathlon.In track races, hurdles are normally 68–107 cm (27–42 in) in height, depending on the age and sex of the hurdler. Events from 50 to 110 meters are technically known as high hurdles races, while longer competitions are low hurdles races. The track hurdles events are forms of sprinting competitions, although the 400 m version is less anaerobic in nature and demands athletic qualities similar to the 800 meters flat race. A hurdling technique can also be found in the steeplechase, although in this event athletes are also permitted to step on the barrier to clear it. Similarly, in cross country running athletes may hurdle over various natural obstacles, such as logs, mounds of earth, and small streams – this represents the sporting origin of the modern events. Horse racing has its own variant of hurdle racing, with similar principles.


  1. hurdles

    Hurdles can refer to: 1) Track and field event: A race in athletics where runners must jump over barriers, typically a series of evenly spaced obstacles called hurdles as they run a distance around a course. 2) Problem or difficulty: In a general context, hurdles are challenges, obstacles, or difficulties that people must overcome in order to progress or achieve a goal. 3) Barrier: a physical object or structure that is placed in the path to obstruct the passage, providing a form of boundary or protection.

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  1. hurdles

    In fortification, twigs of willow or osiers, interwoven close together, and sustained by long stakes. They are made in the figure of a parallelogram, in length 5 or 6 feet, in breadth 3 or 31⁄2. The closer they are wattled together the better. They serve to revet, or render batteries firm, or to consolidate the passage over muddy ditches; or to cover traverses and lodgments for the defense of the workmen against the fireworks. Hurdles are constructed in nearly the same manner as gabions, excepting that the pickets are placed in a straight line instead of a circle.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hurdles in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hurdles in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of hurdles in a Sentence

  1. Victor Sulbaran:

    They put down thousands of hurdles so that you can't change your residency.

  2. United States:

    I'm not discounting the fact that there are significant technical hurdles and we need to satisfy all of those issues, i'm just saying that we have experience doing so.

  3. Timme Spakman:

    Most market-optimism this week has been induced by the increasing chances of a mini trade deal between the U.S. and China, there are still hurdles to be (crossed) but it is positive that not only U.S. officials are optimistic but Chinese negotiators are sending positive signals as well.

  4. Shaun Fletcher:

    We’re putting our athletes through a lot of painful literal and figurative hoops and hurdles with really no resolution at the end of it to tell them that this is the standard that is being set for competition, there needs to be a joint effort to determine the metric because athletics and institutions, they go off of metrics and standards that can be applied to the masses.

  5. Michelle Wu:

    Earlier today, I pointed out several hurdles facing communities of color with lower vaccination rates, these hurdles should not be excuses, but we must consider our shared history as we work to ensure an equitable public health and economic recovery.

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