hurtle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v hurtle throw forcefully
    • v hurtle make a thrusting forward movement
    • v hurtle move with or as if with a rushing sound "The cars hurtled by"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Hurtle 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.""The earthquake sound Hurtling 'death the solid ground."
    • Hurtle To meet with violence or shock; to clash; to jostle. "Together hurtled both their steeds."
    • Hurtle To move rapidly; to wheel or rush suddenly or with violence; to whirl round rapidly; to skirmish. "Now hurtling round, advantage for to take.""Down the hurtling cataract of the ages."
    • Hurtle To move with violence or impetuosity; to whirl; to brandish. "His harmful club he gan to hurtle high."
    • Hurtle To push; to jostle; to hurl. "And he hurtleth with his horse adown."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • hurtle To dash, push, or knock violently; throw or hurl.
    • hurtle To move about with violence or impetuosity; whirl round; brandish.
    • hurtle To rush violently and noisily; move rapidly and impetuously; go swiftly with a whirring, clashing, or clattering sound.
    • n hurtle A pimple or wart.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Hurtle hurt′l to dash against: to move violently: to clash: to rattle
    • v.i Hurtle to move rapidly with a whirring sound
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. hurtlen, freq. of hurten,. See Hurt (v. t.), and cf. Hurl

Usage

In literature:

There was a sudden jolt, a sharp crack, and Frank was hurtled forward head first into the snow.
"The Brighton Boys in the Radio Service" by James R. Driscoll
Once the novelty of hurtling through space had passed away, the trip became monotonous.
"Giants on the Earth" by Sterner St. Paul Meek
Then they hurtled together most fiercely, and young Sir Lancelot was thrust from his horse by Sir Caradoc.
"King Arthur's Knights" by Henry Gilbert
We behold gallant Prescott leisurely promenading the Bunker Hill parapet to inspirit his men, shot and shell hurtling thick around.
"History of the United States, Volume 2 (of 6)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
He had to remain while the car hurtled on.
"Pagan Passions" by Gordon Randall Garrett
A huge black object was hurtling through the air.
"Boy Scouts Mysterious Signal" by G. Harvey Ralphson
He made sure that the folds projected above his hat, and would shut out all bullets that might hurtle against the unique helmet.
"The Phantom of the River" by Edward S. Ellis
Several more shots hurtled through the air around them.
"The Two Shipmates" by William H. G. Kingston
Then the breath was knocked out of him as he smashed into Brecken with a force that sent them both hurtling into the bulkhead.
"This World Must Die!" by Horace Brown Fyfe
Arrows began to hurtle around us; but above all other sounds pealed the notes of the bugle, summoning our comrades to the attack.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
He stood like a lion at bay, quietly regarding the huntsmen hurtling around him.
"Rookwood" by William Harrison Ainsworth
It ejected something which hurtled toward the ship just up from Kandar.
"Talents, Incorporated" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
Thode's pony was quicker than he and leaped aside barely in time to avoid disaster as the car shot past and hurtled on into the dusk.
"The Fifth Ace" by Douglas Grant
The next day the wind came hurtling over the plains out of the north-west, bitter cold.
"Bonaventure" by George Washington Cable
The hurtling small box of spot-remover struck the large sheet-iron case from which loud rumblings came.
"The Ambulance Made Two Trips" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
Where the little ships had opened a hole, a monstrous bulk was hurtling through at fantastic speed.
"Victory" by Lester del Rey
Books began to hurtle through the air and to fall upon the table.
"The Tyranny of the Dark" by Hamlin Garland
Jim saw three men go hurtling and bounding down, down to the street.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
Sometimes two or three would hurtle out for a brief expedition over the blossoming meadow.
"The Watchers of the Trails" by Charles G. D. Roberts
The air became alive with hurtling masses raining from the heavens.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
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In poetry:

Close! close the square! from every side
Hark to horsemen's hurtling shock!
Onward pours that living tide
Upon that living rock!—
"The Battle-Day, Or, The Lost Army" by Ernest Jones
Hurtle, Terror sublime!
Swoop o'er the Land to-day--
So the mist of wrong and crime,
The breath of our Evil Time
Be swept, as by fire, away!
"Coming" by Henry Howard Brownell
But north, still north, Saint Brandan steer'd—
And now no bells, no convents more!
The hurtling Polar lights are near'd,
The sea without a human shore.
"Saint Brandan" by Matthew Arnold
Was it I hurtling into midnight's depths
Or was it crowds of stars that hurtled toward me?
It seemed as if a mighty palm
Held me suspended over the abyss.
"My Face Turned Upwards To The Sky" by Afanasy Afanasevich Fet
And bring to me from the ocean's breast
No crooning lullaby;
But the shout of a bleak storm-riven crest
As it shoulders up in the sodden West
And hurtles down the sky.
"Landbound" by DuBose Heyward
Hushed is the shriek of hurtling shells: and hark!
Somewhere within that bit of soft blue sky-
Grand in his loneliness, his ecstasy,
His lyric wild and free—carols a lark:
"A Lark above the Trenches" by John William Streets

In news:

Outside they're brought hurtling back to earth.
Texas House members will be seeing a lot of this room over the next 11 days (and nights), as the 82nd Legislature hurtles toward adjournment May 30.
He began drinking in the early morning when he got home from work, just a few sunrise beers to unwind after a long night hurtling through the dark subway tunnels.
According to the Government Accountability Office, the Congressional Budget Office and every other honest broker in this debate, the United States is hurtling toward an unsustainable national debt debacle.
OGDEN — Doris Whitesides' grin couldn't have been much bigger Saturday morning as she hurtled toward the earth at 120 miles per hour, 12,000 feet above Ogden.
Have they no sense that their policies have sent the country hurtling down the road to ruin.
In my experience, salespeople who hurtle through their sales process without paying attention to the speed of the customer's buying process are going to lose the sale.
More than 100,000 asteroids hurtle past our planet.
Why is the NHL hurtling toward another work stoppage .
The white Hyundai continued hurtling towards us, on a collision course with destiny.
Homeless world hurtles through space without star (+video).
Hurtling ever closer to Mars, NASA's most.
In their latest hurtle through theatrical history, the National Theater of the United States of America (NTUSA) poses a tricky question: Can you sell out when you're barely getting paid.
The year is hurtling to its end as we near Thanksgiving.
What's to worry about, with pre-teens at their most awkward physical stage hurtling over concrete terra-forms.
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In science:

That night the air was filled with matresses hurtling down ladders. I believe there is now a flourishing ”What Would Michael Do?” movement among the Danish physicists.
My Life with Fisher
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