If you forcefully throw or fling something, you hurtle it. In a food fight, you may hurtle chocolate pudding across the room, but be prepared for someone to launch peas at you in retaliation. Duck!

The verb hurtle also means to move rapidly, often with a rushing sound, and sometimes with seeming lack of control. If you are driving on wet, slippery roads at night, try not to drive fast and skid out of control — if you do, your car may seem to hurtle through the darkness! By the way, even though we can't feel it, the earth hurtles through space at approximately 67,000 miles per hour as it orbits the sun.

Definitions of hurtle

v move with or as if with a rushing sound

“The cars hurtled by”
Type of:
go, locomote, move, travel
change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

v throw forcefully

cast, hurl
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crash, dash
hurl or thrust violently
hurl or throw violently
catapult, sling
hurl as if with a sling
hurl a cricket ball from one end of the pitch towards the batsman at the other end
Type of:
propel through the air

v make a thrusting forward movement

hurl, lunge, thrust
move with sudden speed
make a return thrust
Type of:
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

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