HURDLE (O. Eng. hyrdcl, cognate with such Teutonic forms as Ger. Htirde, Dutch horde, Eng. "hoarding"; in pre-Teutonic anguages the word appears in Gr. Kvpria, wickerwork, Kvp-nj, at. cratis, basket, cf. " crate," " grate "), a movable temporary fence, formed of a framework of light timber, wattled with smaller pieces of hazel, willow or other pliable wood, or constructed on the plan of a light five-barred field gate, filled n with brushwood. Similar movable frames can be made of ron, wire or other material. A construction of the same type Is used in military engineering and fortification as a foundation r or a temporary roadway across boggy ground or as a backing lor earthworks.
Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)