Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To move with or as if with great speed and a rushing noise: an express train that hurtled past.
  • transitive v. To fling with great force; hurl.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To move rapidly, violently, or without control.
  • v. To meet with violence or shock; to clash; to jostle.
  • v. To make a threatening sound, like the clash of arms; to make a sound as of confused clashing or confusion; to resound.
  • v. To hurl or fling; to throw hard or violently.
  • v. To push; to jostle; to hurl.
  • n. A fast movement in literal or figurative sense.
  • n. A clattering sound.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To meet with violence or shock; to clash; to jostle.
  • intransitive v. To move rapidly; to wheel or rush suddenly or with violence; to whirl round rapidly; to skirmish.
  • intransitive v. To make a threatening sound, like the clash of arms; to make a sound as of confused clashing or confusion; to resound.
  • transitive v. To move with violence or impetuosity; to whirl; to brandish.
  • transitive v. To push; to jostle; to hurl.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make a thrusting forward movement
  • v. move with or as if with a rushing sound
  • v. throw forcefully

Etymologies

Middle English hurtlen, to collide, frequentative of hurten, to knock against, damage; see hurt.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Our next hurtle is getting H. Res 111 out of the Rules committee.

    Dooley, James E.

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  • It really is a miracle of engineering that anything so huge, so luxurious, so fantastically adapted to the health and comfort of human beings, should be able to "hurtle" (pardon the word) through space.

    Podkayne Of Mars

  • 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.

    January Books 17) The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams

  • 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.

    William and Kate

  • Bodies hurtle, armor clanks, force fields spark, vortexes swirl, oceans roil, warriors freeze and defrost, and none of it conveys a scintilla of feeling.

    'Thor': A Vehicle of Low Norsepower

  • 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!

    Dynamite Sneak Peek: Battlestar Galactica: Season Zero #10 | Major Spoilers - Comic Book Reviews and News

  • 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.

    The Outcast

  • 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.

    Delhi's traffic chaos has a character of its own | Jason Burke

  • 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.

    Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra/Chailly; Castor and Pollux– review

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  • I've heard it used a number of times in an astronomical context.

    May 15, 2009

  • Might just be sportswriter hyperbole.

    May 14, 2009

  • Interesting; I've not seen that transitive use of it before.

    May 14, 2009

  • "A couple of hours after that 6-4 loss, the Angels suffered a loss much more painful and lasting. A van driven by Andrew Thomas Gallo, a 22-year-old Riverside resident, ran a red light at the Fullerton intersection of Lemon and Orangethorpe and slammed the two-door Eclipse in which Adenhart was a passenger, hurtling it against a telephone pole."
    - Tom Singer, Angels' Adenhart killed in accident mlb.com, 9 April 2009.

    May 13, 2009