hurdle


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 or horse who takes part is called a hurdler.
b) hurdles
[plural] a race in which people or horses must jump over a series of upright frames

the 400 metre hurdles

2) [countable] one of several problems that you must solve before you can do something successfully

Finding investors is the biggest hurdle we face.

cross/clear a hurdle (= deal successfully with it):

I'll feel better after we've cleared that hurdle.


II UK [ˈhɜː(r)d(ə)l] / US [ˈhɜrd(ə)l] verb [intransitive/transitive]
Word forms "hurdle":
present tense I/you/we/they hurdle he/she/it hurdles present participle hurdling past tense hurdled past participle hurdled
to jump over something such as a wall or fence while you are running

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

  • hurdle — noun 1 in a race VERB + HURDLE ▪ clear, jump, jump over ▪ She cleared the first few hurdles easily. ▪ fall at (esp. BrE), hit (esp. BrE) ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • 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 — A hurdle is a moveable section of light fence. Traditionally they were made from wattle (woven split branches), but modern hurdles are often made of metal. Hurdles are used for handling livestock, as decorative fencing, for horse racing and in… …   Wikipedia


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