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.
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.
Hur·dle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hurdleed p. pr. & vb. n. Hurdleing ] To hedge, cover, make, or inclose with hurdles.
n 1: a light movable barrier that competitors must leap over in
2: an obstacle that you are expected to overcome; "the last
hurdle before graduation"
3: the act of jumping over an obstacle [syn: vault]
v : jump a hurdle