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Hurdle definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

HUR'DLE, n. [L. crates.]
1. A texture of twigs, osiers or sticks; a crate of various forms, according to its destination. The English give this name to a sled or crate on which criminals are drawn to the place of execution. In this sense, it is not used in America.
2. In fortification, a collection of twigs or sticks interwoven closely and sustained by long stakes. It is made in the figure of a long square, five or six feet by three and a half. Hurdles serve to render works firm, or to cover traverses and lodgments for the defense of workmen against fire-works or stones.
3. In husbandry, a frame of split timber or sticks wattled together, serving for gates, inclosures, etc.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a light movable barrier that competitors must leap over in certain races
2: an obstacle that you are expected to overcome; "the last hurdle before graduation"
3: the act of jumping over an obstacle [syn: vault, hurdle] v
1: jump a hurdle

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Etymology: Middle English hurdel, from Old English hyrdel; akin to Old High German hurt hurdle, Latin cratis wickerwork, hurdle Date: before 12th century 1. a. a portable panel usually of wattled withes and stakes used especially for enclosing land or livestock b. a frame or sled formerly used in England for dragging traitors to execution 2. a. an artificial barrier over which racers must leap b. plural any of various track events in which a series of hurdles must be surmounted 3. barrier, obstacle II. transitive verb (hurdled; hurdling) Date: 1896 1. to leap over especially while running (as in a sporting competition) 2. overcome, surmount hurdler noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. 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. --v. 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

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Hurdle Hur"dle, n. [OE. hurdel, hirdel, AS. hyrdel; akin to D. horde, OHG. hurt, G. h["u]rde a hurdle, fold, pen, Icel. hur? door, Goth. ha['u]rds, L. cratis wickerwork, hurdle, Gr. ?, Skr. k?t to spin, c?t to bind, connect. [root]16. Cf. Crate, Grate, n.] 1. 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. 2. In England, a sled or crate on which criminals were formerly drawn to the place of execution. --Bacon. 3. An artificial barrier, variously constructed, over which men or horses leap in a race. Hurdle race, a race in which artificial barriers in the form of hurdles, fences, etc., must be leaped.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Hurdle Hur"dle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hurdleed; p. pr. & vb. n. Hurdleing.] To hedge, cover, make, or inclose with hurdles. --Milton.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(hurdles, hurdling, hurdled) 1. A hurdle is a problem, difficulty, or part of a process that may prevent you from achieving something. Two-thirds of candidates fail at this first hurdle and are packed off home... = obstacle N-COUNT: usu supp N 2. Hurdles is a race in which people have to jump over a number of obstacles, that are also called hurdles. You can use hurdles to refer to one or more races. Davis won the 400m. hurdles in a new Olympic time of 49.3 sec. N-COUNT-COLL 3. If you hurdle, you jump over something while you are running. He crossed the lawn and hurdled the short fence... She learnt to hurdle by leaping over bales of hay on her family's farm. VERB: V n, V

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