hurdle

  • 1 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

  • 2 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

  • 3 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

  • 4 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

  • 5 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

  • 6 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

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

    Law dictionary

  • 8 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

  • 9 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

  • 10 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

  • 11 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

  • 12 hurdle — 01. There are a number of [hurdles] which must be passed before foreign students are accepted into regular courses at the university. 02. The runner tripped over the first [hurdle] and fell to the track. 03. The second language requirement for… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 13 hurdle — hur|dle1 [ˈhə:dl US ˈhə:r ] n [: Old English; Origin: hyrdel] 1.) a problem or difficulty that you must deal with before you can achieve something = ↑obstacle ▪ Finding enough money for the project was the first hurdle. overcome/clear/get over… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 hurdle — [[t]hɜ͟ː(r)d(ə)l[/t]] hurdles, hurdling, hurdled 1) N COUNT: usu supp N 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… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 hurdle — 1 noun 1 (C) a frame that a person or horse has to jump over during a race: clear a hurdle (=successfully jump over a hurdle) 2 (C) a problem or difficulty that you must deal with before you can achieve something: Finding enough money was the… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 hurdle — hurdler, n. /herr dl/, n., v., hurdled, hurdling. n. 1. a portable barrier over which contestants must leap in certain running races, usually a wooden frame with a hinged inner frame that swings down under impact to prevent injury to a runner who …

    Universalium

  • 17 hurdle — hur|dle1 [ hɜrdl ] noun 1. ) count one of several problems you must solve before you can do something successfully: Persuading investors is the biggest hurdle we face. cross/clear a hurdle (=deal successfully with it): I ll feel better after we… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 18 hurdle — 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… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 19 hurdle — 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… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 20 Hurdle — Recorded in a number of spellings including Hordle, Hordel, Hordell, Hordall, Hurdell, and Hurdle, this is an English locational surname. It originates from a village called Hordle in the county of Hampshire, the derivation being from the Olde… …

    Surnames reference


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