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1. Sports
a. A light portable barrier over which competitors must leap in certain races.
b. hurdles A race in which a series of such barriers must be jumped without the competitors' breaking their stride.
c. A leaping step made off one foot as means of maximizing spring at the end of an approach, as to a dive.
2. An obstacle or difficulty to be overcome: the last hurdle before graduation.
3. Chiefly British A portable framework made of intertwined branches or wattle and used for temporary fencing.
4. Chiefly British A frame or sledge on which condemned persons were dragged to execution.
v. hur·dled, hur·dling, hur·dles
1. To leap over (a barrier) in or as if in a race.
2. To overcome or deal with successfully; surmount: hurdle a problem.
To leap over a barrier or other obstacle.

[Middle English hurdel, portable panel for temporary fences, from Old English hyrdel.]

hur′dler n.
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(Athletics (Track & Field)) athletics the act of running a hurdle race
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Noun1.hurdling - a footrace in which contestants must negotiate a series of hurdleshurdling - a footrace in which contestants must negotiate a series of hurdles
track event - a footrace performed on a track (indoor or outdoor)
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[ˈhɜːdlɪŋ] Nsalto m de vallas
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(ˈhəːdl) noun
1. a frame to be jumped in a race.
2. a problem or difficulty. There are several hurdles to be got over in this project.
to run in a race in which hurdles are used. He has hurdled since he was twelve.
ˈhurdler noun
ˈhurdling noun
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Trajkovic clinched the gold medal in the 60 metres hurdles at the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Glasgow, clocking 7.60.
? ATHLETICS: Andrew Pozzi, the world indoor and defending European indoor 60 metres hurdles champion, has had his participation at this week's European Indoor Championships confirmed.
GREAT Britain's Andrew Pozzi claimed a thrilling gold in the 60 metres hurdles at the World Indoor Championships yesterday and set his sights on sustained global domination.
The heptathlon is a track and field combined events contest made up of seven events: 60 metres race, long jump, shot put, high jump, 60 metres hurdles, pole vault and 1.000 metres race.
After that there were further event bests in the 60 metres hurdles (9.12 seconds), long jump (5.32 metres), high jump (1.56 metres) and 800 metres (2 minutes 33.11 seconds), all of which contributed to a huge new personal best and new schools' record of 3413 points.
The pentathlon consisted of the 60 metres hurdles, high jump, long jump and 60m sprint, with many of the younger age groups taking part in their first multi-event competition.
Jack Mitchinson of Middlesbrough AC won bronze in the Under-20 men's 60 metres hurdles.
Bates won the Welsh Schools middle girls penatathlon title in Newport comprising the 60 metres hurdles, long jump, high jump, shot and 800 metres - the same five events in which she will compete on Sunday.
ASHLEY HELSBY improved her personal best for the 60 metres hurdles en route to taking victory in the McCain City Challenge.
Colin, who still holds the world record for the 60 metres hurdles, is urging more schools to join in.
The Sheffield multi-eventer ran the fastest time in the world this year of 7.87secs in the 60 metres hurdles before leaping out to 6.47m in the long jump to finish in third.
The Sheffield multi-eventer ran the fastest time in the world this year to win the 60 metres hurdles at the Aviva Grand Prix in Birmingham yesterday afternoon.