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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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  • The next instant Gonzaga was hurtled, bruised, into a corner of the tower.

    Love-at-Arms Raphael Sabatini
  • He coughed and swayed, then hurtled sideways into the arms of Major Gascoigne.

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
  • She repelled them with scorn; yet all the same they hurtled round her.

    Marriage la mode Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • He did not finish the sentence; the joiner's plane had hurtled close past his head.

    The Gods are Athirst Anatole France
  • It ejected something which hurtled toward the ship just up from Kandar.

    Talents, Incorporated William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • It hurtled about them in fury, and they could see scarcely a yard in front of them.

    A Mating in the Wilds Ottwell Binns
  • Rocks, many bigger than a man's fist, hurtled through the air.

    Shaman Robert Shea
  • Yet from this mysterious thicket had hurtled that boulder, swift and deadly.

    Shadows in the Moonlight Robert E. Howard
British Dictionary definitions for hurtled


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 hurtled



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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