Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To move with or as if with great speed.
  • intransitive verb To fling with great force; hurl.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A pimple or wart.
  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English hurtlen, to collide, frequentative of hurten, to knock against, damage; see hurt.]

Examples

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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

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  • 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

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  • "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

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

    May 14, 2009

  • Might just be sportswriter hyperbole.

    May 14, 2009

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

    May 15, 2009