hurtle Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb move with or as if with a rushing sound
    • The cars hurtled by
  2. verb make a thrusting forward movement
    lunge; thrust; hurl.
  3. verb throw forcefully
    cast; hurl.


Hur"tle intransitive verb
OE. hurtlen, freq. of hurten. See Hurt, v. t., and cf. Hurl.
imperfect & past participle Hurtled ; present participle & verbal noun Hurtling
  1. To meet with violence or shock; to clash; to jostle.
    Together hurtled both their steeds. Fairfax.
  2. To move rapidly; to wheel or rush suddenly or with violence; to whirl round rapidly; to skirmish.
    Now hurtling round, advantage for to take. Spenser.
    Down the hurtling cataract of the ages. R. L. Stevenson.
  3. To make a threatening sound, like the clash of arms; to make a sound as of confused clashing or confusion; to resound.
    The noise of battle hurtled in the air. Shak.
    The earthquake sound Hurtling 'death the solid ground. Mrs. Browning.
Hur"tle transitive verb
  1. To move with violence or impetuosity; to whirl; to brandish. Obs.
    His harmful club he gan to hurtle high. Spenser.
  2. To push; to jostle; to hurl.
    And he hurtleth with his horse adown. Chaucer.

Webster 1913