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


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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