American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To move with or as if with great speed and a rushing noise: an express train that hurtled past.
- v. To fling with great force; hurl.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To dash, push, or knock violently; throw or hurl.
- To move about with violence or impetuosity; whirl round; brandish.
- To rush violently and noisily; move rapidly and impetuously; go swiftly with a whirring, clashing, or clattering sound.
- n. A pimple or wart.
- v. intransitive To move rapidly, violently, or without control.
- v. intransitive, archaic To meet with violence or shock; to clash; to jostle.
- v. intransitive, archaic To make a threatening sound, like the clash of arms; to make a sound as of confused clashing or confusion; to resound.
- v. transitive To hurl or fling; to throw hard or violently.
- v. intransitive, archaic To push; to jostle; to hurl.
- n. A fast movement in literal or figurative sense.
- n. A clattering sound.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To meet with violence or shock; to clash; to jostle.
- v. To move rapidly; to wheel or rush suddenly or with violence; to whirl round rapidly; to skirmish.
- v. To make a threatening sound, like the clash of arms; to make a sound as of confused clashing or confusion; to resound.
- v. obsolete To move with violence or impetuosity; to whirl; to brandish.
- v. To push; to jostle; to hurl.
- v. make a thrusting forward movement
- v. move with or as if with a rushing sound
- v. throw forcefully
- Middle English hurtlen, to collide, frequentative of hurten, to knock against, damage; see hurt. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“The two young protagonists are from politically active families on opposite sides of the divide, but are childhood friends and hurtle to a tragic conclusion.”
“They speed down one narrow side street, turn abruptly, then hurtle down another, but these maneuvers are not enough for them to elude her pursuers; she can see their headlights in the side-view mirrors, vanishing as they round a corner, only to reappear a split second later.”
“Bodies hurtle, armor clanks, force fields spark, vortexes swirl, oceans roil, warriors freeze and defrost, and none of it conveys a scintilla of feeling.”
“Now, with issue #10, things are racing towards a dramatic conclusion as the events of the past 9 issues hurtle the crew towards what is now know as the “cylon apocalypse” (as seen in the re-imagined mini-series) and the reasons for the decommissioning of the Galactica are about to be revealed!”
“Even grown dogs might hurtle him backward or sideways with the impact of their heavy bodies; and backward or sideways he would go, in the air or sliding on the ground, but always with his legs under him and his feet downward to the mother earth.”
“Most fatal accidents in Delhi occur in the small hours, when fast cars driven by young, wealthy and often drunk men hurtle across the city.”
“In the hands of Riccardo Chailly and his Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra – who have taken up residency last week and this at the Barbican for a Beethoven symphonies cycle – this sense of forward momentum can only be described in terms of whipped-up velocity: gallop, pound, hurtle, pelt, vroom.”
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