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hurdle


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hurdle  \Hur"dle\,  n.  [OE.  hurdel,  hirdel  AS  hyrdel  akin  to  D. 
  horde,  OHG.  hurt,  G.  h["u]rde  a  hurdle,  fold,  pen,  Icel.  hur? 
  door,  Goth.  ha['u]rds,  L.  cratis  wickerwork,  hurdle,  Gr  ?, 
  Skr.  k?t  to  spin,  c?t  to  bind,  connect.  [root]16.  Cf 
  {Crate},  {Grate},  n.] 
  1.  A  movable  frame  of  wattled  twigs,  osiers,  or  withes  and 
  stakes,  or  sometimes  of  iron,  used  for  inclosing  land,  for 
  folding  sheep  and  cattle,  for  gates,  etc.;  also  in 
  fortification,  used  as  revetments,  and  for  other  purposes. 
 
  2.  In  England,  a  sled  or  crate  on  which  criminals  were 
  formerly  drawn  to  the  place  of  execution.  --Bacon. 
 
  3.  An  artificial  barrier,  variously  constructed,  over  which 
  men  or  horses  leap  in  a  race. 
 
  {Hurdle  race},  a  race  in  which  artificial  barriers  in  the 
  form  of  hurdles,  fences,  etc.,  must  be  leaped. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hurdle  \Hur"dle\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Hurdleed};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Hurdleing}.] 
  To  hedge,  cover,  make  or  inclose  with  hurdles.  --Milton. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  hurdle 
  n  1:  a  light  movable  barrier  that  competitors  must  leap  over  in 
  certain  races 
  2:  an  obstacle  that  you  are  expected  to  overcome;  "the  last 
  hurdle  before  graduation" 
  3:  the  act  of  vaulting  [syn:  {vault}] 
  v  :  jump  a  hurdle 




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