- 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 hurtling
Silvestre Varela was hurtling toward the U.S. goal when Ronaldo fed him a pass of curvilinear purity.Team USA 2, Portugal 2: Seconds Away From World Cup Glory
June 23, 2014
How about the $300 million of money from anonymous campaign spenders now hurtling toward our elections?How Obama Can Use Executive Actions to Improve Our Democracy
April 18, 2014
For example: the damsel is tied to the train tracks, the Pacific Union hurtling her way.Was Aaron Harrison’s Game-Winning Three-Pointer ‘Clutch’?
April 7, 2014
One suspects that the young men will not be hurtling back to their alma “step-mater” any time soon.India Row Evokes Cricket’s Ultranationalist Tebbit Test
March 23, 2014
It makes me think Breaking Bad is hurtling toward as perfect an ending as anyone could conjure up on cable TV.‘To’hajiilee’ Is the Finest Episode of ‘Breaking Bad’ Yet
September 9, 2013
The sky above the Vulcan was filled with the drone of hurtling shells.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
Something sped along this track with a hurtling rush and roar.A Stable for Nightmares
J. Sheridan Le Fanu
Far above, an object was hissing and hurtling through the air.The Rifle Rangers
Captain Mayne Reid
He took her again through the hurtling welter of the cattle-market.The Rainbow
D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
A hurtling mass of men struggled confusedly from their seats.The Big Bow Mystery
- to project or be projected very quickly, noisily, or violently
- (intr) rare to collide or crash
Word Origin and History for hurtling
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.