hurdle

/ˈhɜdl / (say 'herdl)

noun
1. a barrier in a racetrack, to be leapt by the contestants.
2. a difficult problem to be overcome; obstacle.
3. a movable rectangular frame of interlaced twigs, crossed bars, or the like, as for a temporary fence: *there was only a sullen, brooding man leaning over the hurdles and looking at his rams in the yard –henry lawson, 1907.
4. any of various obstacles, as a hedge, low wall, fence, over which horses must jump in steeplechasing, etc.
5. a frame or sledge on which criminals were formerly drawn to the place of execution.
6. the hurdles, a race in which barriers are leapt.
verb (hurdled, hurdling)
verb (t)
7. to leap over (a hurdle, etc.) as in a race.
8. to master (a difficulty, problem, etc.).
9. to construct with hurdles; enclose with hurdles.
verb (i)
10. to leap over a hurdle or other barrier.
{Middle English hirdel, hurdel, Old English hyrdel; distantly related to Latin crātis wickerwork. Compare crate}
hurdler, noun

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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  • 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},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hurdle — UK US /ˈhɜːdl/ noun [C] ► a problem that you must solve or deal with before you can make progress: face/overcome a hurdle » The first hurdle she faced entering the job market was one of confidence. a hurdle to sth »Lack of preparation and lack of …   Financial and business terms

  • hurdle — ► NOUN 1) one of a series of upright frames which athletes in a race must jump over. 2) (hurdles) a hurdle race. 3) an obstacle or difficulty. 4) a portable rectangular frame used as a temporary fence. ► VERB 1) run in a hurdle race …   English terms dictionary

  • hurdle — [n] barrier, obstacle bar, barricade, blockade, complication, difficulty, fence, hamper, handicap, hedge, hindrance, impediment, interference, mountain, obstruction, rub, snag, stumbling block, traverse, wall; concepts 470,674 Ant. clear path,… …   New thesaurus

  • hurdle — [hʉrd′ l] n. [ME hirdel < OE hyrdel < Gmc base * hurd , wickerwork, hurdle, akin to hyrd, door, Frank * hurda, a pen, fold < IE base * kert , to plait, twist together > L cratis (see CRATE), Gr kyrtos, bird cage] 1. Chiefly Brit. a… …   English World dictionary

  • Hurdle — Hur dle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Hurdleed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Hurdleing}.] To hedge, cover, make, or inclose with hurdles. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hurdle — index bar (obstruction), barrier, deterrence, deterrent, encumbrance, handicap, negotiate, obstacle …   Law dictionary

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  • hurdle — {{11}} O.E. hyrdel frame of intertwined twigs used as a temporary barrier, dim. of hyrd door, from P.Gmc. *hurdiz wickerwork frame, hurdle (Cf. O.S. hurth plaiting, netting, Du. horde wickerwork, Ger. Hürde hurdle, fold, pen; O.N. hurð, Goth.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • hurdle — I UK [ˈhɜː(r)d(ə)l] / US [ˈhɜrd(ə)l] noun Word forms hurdle : singular hurdle plural hurdles 1) a) [countable] an upright frame that a person or horse must jump over during a race. The sport of racing over hurdles is called hurdling, and a person …   English dictionary

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