hurtle
verb (hurtled; hurtling) Etymology: Middle English hurtlen to collide, frequentative of hurten to cause to strike, hurt Date: 14th century intransitive verb to move rapidly or forcefully transitive verb hurl, flinghurtle noun

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  • Hurtle — Hur tle, v. t. 1. To move with violence or impetuosity; to whirl; to brandish. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] His harmful club he gan to hurtle high. Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. To push; to jostle; to hurl. [1913 Webster] And he hurtleth with his horse… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hurtle — (v.) early 14c., hurteln, to crash together; to crash down, knock down, probably frequentative of hurten (see HURT (Cf. hurt) (v.)) in its original sense. Intrans. meaning to rush, dash, charge is late 14c. The essential notion in hurtle is that… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Hurtle — Hur tle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Hurtled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Hurtling}.] [OE. hurtlen, freq. of hurten. See {Hurt}, v. t., and cf. {Hurl}.] 1. To meet with violence or shock; to clash; to jostle. [1913 Webster] Together hurtled both their steeds.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hurtle — [v] plunge, charge bump, collide, fly, lunge, push, race, rush, rush headlong, scoot, scramble, shoot, speed, spurt, tear; concept 150 …   New thesaurus

  • hurtle — ► VERB ▪ move or cause to move at great speed, often in a wildly uncontrolled manner. ORIGIN originally in the sense «strike against»: from HURT(Cf. ↑hurt) …   English terms dictionary

  • hurtle — [hʉrt′ l] vi. hurtled, hurtling [ME hurtlen, freq. of ME hurten: see HURT] 1. Archaic to dash ( against or together) with great force or crushing impact; collide 2. to move swiftly and with great force vt. to throw, shoot, or fling with great… …   English World dictionary

  • hurtle — UK [ˈhɜː(r)t(ə)l] / US [ˈhɜrt(ə)l] verb [intransitive] Word forms hurtle : present tense I/you/we/they hurtle he/she/it hurtles present participle hurtling past tense hurtled past participle hurtled to move very quickly, especially in an… …   English dictionary

  • hurtle — 1. verb /hɜːtl,hɝtl/ a) To move rapidly, violently, or without control. The car hurtled down the hill at 90 miles per hour. b) To meet with violence or shock; to clash; to jostle. Pieces of broken glass hurt …   Wiktionary

  • hurtle — v. (P; intr.) to hurtle through the air (a large rock came hurtling through the air) * * * [hɜːtl] (P; intr.) to hurtle through the air (a large rock came hurtleling through the air) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • hurtle — /herr tl/, v., hurtled, hurtling, n. v.i. 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… …   Universalium

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