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Definition of the noun hurtle

What does hurtle mean as a name of something?


  1. A fast movement in literal or figurative sense.
  2. A clattering sound.

Definition of the verb hurtle

What does hurtle mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: hurtled | hurtling | hurtles

  1. move with or as if with a rushing sound
  2. make a thrusting forward movement
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonyms of hurtle: hurl / lunge / thrust
    • more generic word: move = move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
    • more specific words:
      • dart = move with sudden speed
      • riposte = make a return thrust
  3. throw forcefully
    • example: They hurtle the object in the water
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of hurtle: cast / hurl
    • more generic word: throw = propel through the air
    • more specific words:
      • crash / dash = hurl or thrust violently
      • precipitate = hurl or throw violently
      • catapult / sling = hurl as if with a sling
      • bowl = hurl a cricket ball from one end of the pitch towards the batsman at the other end

Alternative definition of the verb hurtle


  1. [intransitive] To move rapidly, violently, or without control.
  2. [intransitive, archaic] To meet with violence or shock; to clash; to jostle.
  3. [intransitive, archaic] To make a threatening sound, like the clash of arms; to make a sound as of confused clashing or confusion; to resound.
  4. [transitive] To hurl or fling; to throw hard or violently.
  5. [intransitive, archaic] To push; to jostle; to hurl.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for hurtle

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Google previewHow to Build Big-Inch Chevy Small-Blocks (2011)

by Graham Hansen

The big hurtle is the price. Dart's retail sticker on an aluminum Dart block is $4280, which puts it at roughly twice the price of its iron versions. WORLD PRODUCTS World Products is a major player when it comes to iron performance cast— ings ...

Google previewAustralian Dictionary of Dates and Men of the Time (1879)

Containing the History of Australasia from 1542 to May, 1879 by John Henniker Heaton

James Hurtle Fisher resigned January 6 ..

Google previewWebster's II Children's Dictionary (2003)

averfo hurt, hurting, hurts anoun, plural hurts hurtle verb 1. To move with great speed and with or as if with a ...

Google previewA dictionary of common wants

''HURTLE. —. Real. Turtle. Soup,. ready. for. A use in pint glass bottles or tins, 6s. 6d. ; also Preserved Turtle Calipash and Calipee, Turtle Green Fat and Sun-dried Turtle, and regular consignments of Live Turtle. T. K. Bellis, 9 and 10, Jeffreys ...

Google previewA New Universal Etymological and Pronouncing Dictionary of the English Language (1847)

Embracing All the Terms Used in Art, Science and Literature by John Craig (F.G.S. of Glasgow.)

HURLEy-burley–HURTLE. wild animals for game; an association of huntsmen, as the Caledonian Hunt. HUNTER, hun'tur, s. One who chases wild animals for pastime or food; a dog that scents game or beasts of prey; a horse used in the ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; Or Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, &c. Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

* To Hurtle, v. n. [heurter. Fr, urtirt, Italian;] To Clash ; to skirmish ; to ran ...

Google previewCyclopædia of Australasia; Or, Dictionary of Facts, Events, Dates, Persons, and Places Connected with the Discovery, Exploration, and Progress of the British Dominions in the South (1881)

From the Earliest Dawn of Discovery in the Southern Ocean to the Year 1881 by David Blair

The first municipal election was held 31st October, 1840 ; Stanley Stokes, returning officer ; first aldermen — James Hurtle Fisher, A. H. Davis, Matthew Smellie, and George Stephenson. James Hurtle Fisher was elected first Mayor, which office ...

Google previewThe English Dialect Dictionary, Being the Complete Vocabulary of All Dialect Words Still in Use, Or Known to Have Been in Use During the Last Two Hundred Years: H-L (1902)

by Joseph Wright

HURTLE, v. and sb.2 Sc. Irel. n.Cy. Nhb. Yks. Der. Lin. Nhp. Also written turtle Nhb.1 ; hurtel Nhp. ; and in form hortle Nhb.1 [h)a-rtl, 5'tL] 1. v. To crouch on the ground as young birds do when alarmed ; to contract the body into a round form as ...

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Hurtle Meaning

Video shows what hurtle means. To move rapidly, violently, or without control.. To meet with violence or shock; to clash; to jostle.. To make a threatening sound, ...

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Scrabble value of H4U1R1T1L1E1

The value of this 6-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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