• WordNet 3.6
    • v hurl utter with force; utter vehemently "hurl insults","throw accusations at someone"
    • v hurl throw forcefully
    • v hurl make a thrusting forward movement
    • n hurl a violent throw
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the movie "The Exorcist" the vomit that (Regan) Linda Blair hurls at Father Damien Karras is thick pea soup
    • Hurl (Hat Manuf) A table on which fiber is stirred and mixed by beating with a bowspring.
    • Hurl The act of hurling or throwing with violence; a cast; a fling.
    • Hurl To emit or utter with vehemence or impetuosity; as, to hurl charges or invective.
    • Hurl To hurl one's self; to go quickly.
    • Hurl To perform the act of hurling something; to throw something (at another). "God shall hurl at him and not spare."
    • Hurl To play the game of hurling. See Hurling.
    • Hurl To send whirling or whizzing through the air; to throw with violence; to drive with great force; as, to hurl a stone or lance. "And hurl'd them headlong to their fleet and main."
    • Hurl To twist or turn. "Hurled or crooked feet."
    • Hurl Tumult; riot; hurly-burly.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Pitcher Joe Nuxhall of the Cincinnati Reds hurled his first major-league game in 1944. Nuxhall, the youngest pitcher in major league baseball, was only 15 years, 10 months and 11 days old when he pitched that game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
    • hurl To throw; fling; toss: without the idea of violent or impetuous motion.
    • hurl To throw with violence; send whirling or whizzing through the air; fling with great force.
    • hurl To drag with violence.
    • hurl Figuratively, to emit or utter with vehemence.
    • hurl To throw; fling; discharge a missile.
    • hurl To rush.
    • hurl To fall or strike with violence.
    • hurl To play at the game of hurling.
    • n hurl The act of throwing with violence.
    • n hurl Tumult; riot; commotion.
    • n hurl A scolding.
    • hurl To whirl; turn round rapidly.
    • hurl To turn; twist.
    • hurl To wheel; convey by means of a wheeled vehicle.
    • hurl To whirl; turn rapidly; rush or dash.
    • hurl To be wheeled or conveyed in a wheeled vehicle.
    • n hurl A whirlpool; whirling water.
    • n hurl Conveyance in a wheeled vehicle; a drive.
    • n hurl A hurdle.
    • n hurl Same as harl, 3.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: 40% of women have hurled footwear at a man.
    • v.i Hurl hurl to make a noise by throwing: to move rapidly: to dash with force: to whirl:
    • v.t Hurl to throw with violence: to utter with vehemence
    • n Hurl act of hurling, tumult, confusion:
    • v.i Hurl hurl (Scot.) to convey in a wheeled vehicle
    • n Hurl (Scot.) conveyance in a wheeled vehicle
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  • Dorothy Parker
    “This book is not to be tossed lightly aside, but to be hurled with great force.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. hurlen, hourlen,; prob. contracted fr. OE. hurtlen, to hurtle, or probably akin to E. whirl,. √16. See Hurtle


In literature:

A breath, and these sullen, excitable men would hurl themselves upon him.
"Uncle Sam's Boys as Lieutenants" by H. Irving Hancock
The Cave-men followed the wounded ones, hurling their spears as they ran.
"The Later Cave-Men" by Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
Summoning up all my efforts for this final, and in all probability fatal, rush, I hurled myself forward.
"Werwolves" by Elliott O'Donnell
Thus do I hurl a burning brand into Walhalla's flaunting citadel!
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
The waves with rude arms hurled it back on the shore; The wind gained in fury.
"Three Women" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Michael Duveen grew black with wrath, and, taking up a heavy dish from the table, he hurled it at the poor, foolish woman.
"The Orchard of Tears" by Sax Rohmer
Still he did not fall; so the soldier drew out the spear and, retreating a few yards, he hurled it at him, transfixing him.
"The Red True Story Book" by Various
Gusts of wind tore at it, hurling the deluge into his face.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
Zeke hurled the animal violently from him.
"Heart of the Blue Ridge" by Waldron Baily
From atop a galloping horse, each boy was expected to hurl his rumh unerringly through the ring, whose diameter was two handspans.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea

In poetry:

Then threatened loud the Austrian,
And said he'd march his men
And loudly answered Italy:
We'll hurl them back again!'
"The March Of Freedom" by Ernest Jones
You take the thousand oppressions,
That are hurled into our face;
And change them to progression,
Then we will be a race.
"Ajax at the Centennial. 1897" by Frank Barbour Coffin
The brooding East with awe beheld
Her impious younger world.
The Roman tempest swelled and swelled,
And on her head was hurled.
"The Pagan World" by Matthew Arnold
Where are the victors of the world,
With all their men of might?
Those that together kingdoms hurl'd,
By death are put to flight.
"Of Death" by John Bunyan
Thine arrows through the skies were hurled;
How glorious is the Lord!
Surprise and trembling seized the world,
And his own saints adored.
"Psalm 77 part 2" by Isaac Watts
The roar of the world is in my ears.
Thank God for the roar of the world!
Thank God for the mighty tide of fears
Against me always hurled!
"Thanksgiving" by Alfred Joyce Kilmer

In news:

A rocket hurled a spy satellite into orbit today in the first such launching ever acknowledged in advance by the Government.
A mere mention of the word can send chills of excitement down your spine, or a finger to your lips in horrified remembrance of hurls gone past.
Every excuse you can think of now is being hurled toward Detroit by a-hole Yankee fans.
Thomas hurls two-hitter in varsity debut.
David Lynch's Lost Highway begins in overdrive, the yellow lines of a very dark road zooming past the frame, the viewer being hurled at full throttle toward where.
Those are the words my mother would teasingly hurl at my three-years-younger twin sisters and me if she thought we were missing a pretty day's fresh air when we were children.
Man Hurled Venomous Snake into Rival's Truck: Cops.
A Florida man is accused of hurling a live venomous snake into a perceived romantic rival's truck.
A Bloomington man accused of hurling a heavy metal vise through a car windshield, knocking the driver unconscious, is sentenced to more than six years in prison.
When Oscar Diggs, a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away.
Baseball fans will argue through the winter about exactly why Roger Clemens picked up a shattered baseball bat and hurled it towards Mike Piazza in Game 2 of the World Series.
Westchester legislators, administration hurl accusations over budget.
Machine hurls material into heart of the fire.
The management board of an amateur soccer club in Sweden has suspended its entire team for one year after players allegedly hurled homophobic remarks at opponents during a match last month.
The management board of an amateur football club in Sweden has suspended its entire team for one year after players allegedly hurled homophobic remarks at opponents during a match last month.

In science:

Barnes, C., Plagnol, V., Fitzgerald, T., Redon, R., Marchini, J., Clayton, D. and Hurles, M. (2008). A robust statistical method for case-control association testing with copy number variation.
Kernel-based aggregation of marker-level genetic association tests involving copy-number variation