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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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  • And then Sir Tristram hurtled unto that knight, and smote him quite from his horse.

  • She repelled them with scorn; yet all the same they hurtled round her.

    Marriage la mode Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • The midstreet sidewalk puzzled Jason until Grif blasted something that hurtled out of a ruined building towards them.

    Deathworld Harry Harrison
  • He did not finish the sentence; the joiner's plane had hurtled close past his head.

    The Gods are Athirst Anatole France
  • Into this they hurtled, as from behind them came cries of "Stop, thief!"

    The Adventure Club Afloat Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Rocks, many bigger than a man's fist, hurtled through the air.

    Shaman Robert Shea
  • Johnny slammed the jeep into gear, hurtled down the other side of Six Mile Hill.

    Sound of Terror Don Berry
  • They hurtled toward the city, smack toward Pennsylvania Avenue.

    Beyond The Thunder H. B. Hickey
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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