- 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 hurtled
A few funny things happened this spring as the U.S. hurtled along the road to fiscal degeneracy.Our Swiftly Melting Deficit, Or How the U.S. is Killing It
May 9, 2013
Republicans went ballistic and hurtled through the appellate courts en route to the big court in Washington.What if the Supreme Court Had Declined to Hear Bush v. Gore?
April 29, 2013
The next instant Gonzaga was hurtled, bruised, into a corner of the tower.Love-at-Arms
He coughed and swayed, then hurtled sideways into the arms of Major Gascoigne.The Lion's Skin
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
It ejected something which hurtled toward the ship just up from Kandar.Talents, Incorporated
William Fitzgerald Jenkins
- to project or be projected very quickly, noisily, or violently
- (intr) rare to collide or crash
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.