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verb (used without object), hur·tled, hur·tling.
  1. to rush violently; move with great speed: The car hurtled down the highway.
  2. 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.
  3. Archaic. to strike together or against something; collide.
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verb (used with object), hur·tled, hur·tling.
  1. to drive violently; fling; dash.
  2. Archaic. to dash against; collide with.
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  1. Archaic. clash; collision; shock; clatter.
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Origin of hurtle

1175–1225; Middle English hurtle, equivalent to hurt(en) (see hurt) + -le -le
Can be confusedhurdle hurl hurtle


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


    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

British Dictionary definitions for hurtled


  1. to project or be projected very quickly, noisily, or violently
  2. (intr) rare to collide or crash
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Word Origin

C13 hurtlen, from hurten to strike; see hurt 1
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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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