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[hur-tl] /ˈhɜr tl/
verb (used without object), hurtled, hurtling.
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.
verb (used with object), hurtled, hurtling.
to drive violently; fling; dash.
Archaic. to dash against; collide with.
Archaic. clash; collision; shock; clatter.
Origin of hurtle
1175-1225; Middle English hurtle, equivalent to hurt(en) (see hurt) + -le -le
Can be confused
hurdle, hurl, hurtle.
1. speed, fly, race, rush, shoot. Unabridged
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  • It was now more than a fortnight since he had taken Mrs. hurtle to the play, and she was still living in lodgings at Islington.

    The Way We Live Now Anthony Trollope
  • Stones and boulders began to hurtle from the mouth of the tunnel.

  • If Mr. hurtle were alive, certainly then he would not be a liar because he did not marry Mrs. hurtle.

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  • Some people did not quite believe that there ever had been a Mr. hurtle.

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  • And then he would escape from Mrs. hurtle, and would be able to make those inquiries which had been suggested to him.

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  • Of such art as there may be in it Mrs. hurtle was a perfect master.

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  • For her sake,—in order that he might be effectually free from Mrs. hurtle,—he had determined to endure the spring of the wild cat.

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British Dictionary definitions for hurtle


to project or be projected very quickly, noisily, or violently
(intransitive) (rare) to collide or crash
Word Origin
C13 hurtlen, from hurten to strike; see hurt1
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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.

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