Hurdle Hur"dle, n. [OE. hurdel, hirdel, AS. hyrdel; akin to D. horde, OHG. hurt, G. h["u]rde a hurdle, fold, pen, Icel. hur? door, Goth. ha['u]rds, L. cratis wickerwork, hurdle, Gr. ?, Skr. k?t to spin, c?t to bind, connect. [root]16. Cf. {Crate}, {Grate}, n.] 1. A movable frame of wattled twigs, osiers, or withes and stakes, or sometimes of iron, used for inclosing land, for folding sheep and cattle, for gates, etc.; also, in fortification, used as revetments, and for other purposes. [1913 Webster]

2. In England, a sled or crate on which criminals were formerly drawn to the place of execution. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

3. An artificial barrier, variously constructed, over which men or horses leap in a race. [1913 Webster]

{Hurdle race}, a race in which artificial barriers in the form of hurdles, fences, etc., must be leaped. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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