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 hurtled through the air.

2. noun /hɜːtl,hɝtl/
a) A fast movement in literal or figurative sense.

But the war woke me up, I began to move left, and recent events have accelerated that move until it is now a hurtle.

b) A clattering sound.

Jamba has removed from Marlowes Doctor Faustus all but the barest of essentials - even half its title, leaving us with an 80-minute hurtle through Faustuss four and twenty borrowed years on earth.

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  • 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

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  • 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 — 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 — 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, fling • hurtle noun …   New Collegiate 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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