- to rush violently; move with great speed: The car hurtled down the highway.
- to move or go noisily or resoundingly, as with violent or rapid motion: The sound was deafening, as tons of snow hurtled down the mountain.
- Archaic. to strike together or against something; collide.
- to drive violently; fling; dash.
- Archaic. to dash against; collide with.
- Archaic. clash; collision; shock; clatter.
Origin of hurtle
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Examples from the Web for hurtle
Over the edge, you hurtle forward at a speed the human body was never meant to travel at.Skiing is Love at First Swoosh
March 16, 2013
As we hurtle together to the fiscal cliff, the Republicans are getting much the worse of the media battle.Democrats Have Their Own Fiscal Delusions
December 31, 2012
Ice masses, especially ones the size of Canadian provinces, do not technically “hurtle.”Oops, My Mistake
December 17, 2009
Stones and boulders began to hurtle from the mouth of the tunnel.
Books began to hurtle through the air and to fall upon the table.The Tyranny of the Dark
I looked out of the window to see and the car started to hurtle to the ground.Tillie
Roger Phillips Graham
I am told also that Mr. Hurtle has been seen alive quite lately.
"Mrs. Hurtle is out for the day," said the girl who opened the door.
- to project or be projected very quickly, noisily, or violently
- (intr) rare to collide or crash
Word Origin and History for hurtle
early 14c., hurteln, "to crash together; to crash down, knock down," probably frequentative of hurten (see hurt (v.)) in its original sense. Intransitive meaning "to rush, dash, charge" is late 14c. The essential notion in hurtle is that of forcible collision, in hurl that of forcible projection. Related: Hurtled; hurtling.