Dictionary: HURRY – HUS'BAND-ED

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  1. A driving or pressing forward in motion or business.
  2. Pressure; urgency to haste. We can not wait long; we are in a hurry.
  3. Precipitation that occasions disorder or confusion. It is necessary sometimes to be in haste, but never in a hurry. Anon.
  4. Tumult; bustle; commotion. Ambition raises a tumult in the soul, and puts it into a violent hurry of thought. Addison.

HURRY, v.i.

To move or act with haste; to proceed with celerity or precipitation. The business is urgent; let us hurry.

HUR'RY, v.t. [This word is evidently from the root of L. curro; Fr. courir; Sw. köra; W. gyru, to drive, impel, thrust, run, ride, press forward. See Ar. جَرَي jarai, and كَارَ kaura, to go round, to hasten. Class Gr. No. 7, 32, 36.]

  1. To hasten; to impel to greater speed; to drive or press forward with more rapidity; to urge to act or proceed with more celerity; as, to hurry the workmen or the work. Our business hurries us. The weather is hot and the load heavy; we can not safely hurry the horses.
  2. To drive or impel with violence. Impetuous lust hurries him on to satisfy the cravings of it. South.
  3. To urge or drive with precipitation and confusion; for confusion is often caused by hurry. And wild amazement hurries up and down The little number of your doubtful friends. Shak. To hurry away, to drive or carry away in haste.

HUR'RY-ING, ppr.

Driving or urging to greater speed; precipitating.


In a hurrying manner.


Confusedly; in a bustle. [Not in use.] Gray.

HURST, n. [Sax. hurst or hyrst.]

A wood or grove; a word found in many names, as in Hazlehurst.

HURT, n.

  1. A wound; a bruise; any thing that gives pain to the body. The pains of sickness and hurts. Locke.
  2. Harm; mischief; injury. I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt. Gen. iv.
  3. Injury; loss. Why should damage grow to the hurt of the kings? Ezra iv.

HURT, v.t. [pret. and pp. hurt. Sax. hyrt, wounded; It. urtare, Fr. heurter, to strike or dash against; W. hyrziaw, to push, thrust or drive, to assault; to butt; Arm. heurda.]

  1. To bruise; to give pain by a contusion, pressure, or any violence to the body. We hurt the body by a severe blow, or by tight clothes and the feet by fetters. Ps. cv.
  2. To wound; to injure or impair the sound state of the body, as by incision or fracture.
  3. To harm; to damage; to injure by occasioning loss. We hurt a man by destroying his property.
  4. To injure by diminution; to impair. A man hurts his estate by extravagance.
  5. To injure by reducing in quality; to impair the strength, purity or beauty of. Hurt not the wine and the oil. Rev. vi.
  6. To harm; to injure; to damage, in general.
  7. To wound; to injure; to give pain to; as, to hurt the feelings.


One who hurts or does harm.


Pieces of wood at the lower end of a platform, to prevent the wheels of gun-carriages from injuring the parapet.


Injurious; mischievous; occasioning loss or destruction; tending to impair or destroy. Negligence is hurtful to property; intemperance is hurtful to health.


Injuriously; mischievously.


Injuriousness; tendency to occasion loss or destruction; mischievousness.

HURT'LE, v.i. [from hurt.]

To clash or run against; to jostle; to skirmish; to meet in shock and encounter; to wheel suddenly. [Not now used.] Spenser. Shak.

HURT'LE, v.t.

  1. To move with violence or impetuosity. [Obs.] Spenser.
  2. To push forcibly; to whirl.


A whortleberry, – which see.


A name of horses among the Highlanders in Scotland.


  1. Harmless; innocent; doing no injury; innoxious; as, hurtless blows. Dryden.
  2. Receiving no injury.


Without harm. [Lithe used.] Sidney.


Freedom from any harmful quality. [Little used.] Johnson.

HUS'BAND, n. [s as z. Sax. husbonda; hus, house, and buend, a farmer or cultivator, or an inhabitant, from byan, to inhabit or till, contracted from bugian; Dan. huusbonde; Sw. husbonde; Sw. byggia, Dan. bygger, to build; D. bouwen, G. bauen, to build, to till, to plow or cultivate; G. bauer, a builder, a countryman, a clown, a rustic, a boor; D. buur, the last component part of neighbor. Band, bond, in this word, is the participle of buan, byan, that is, buend, occupying, tilling, and husband is the farmer or inhabitant of the house, in Scottish, a farmer; thence the sense of husbandry. It had no relation primarily to marriage; but among the common people, a woman calls her consort, my man, and the man calls his wife, my woman, as in Hebrew, and in this instance, the farmer or occupier of the house, or the builder, was called my farmer; or by some other means, husband came to denote the consort of the female head of the family.]

  1. A man contracted or joined to a woman by marriage. A man to whom a woman is betrothed, as well as one actually united by marriage, is called a husband. Lev. xix. Deut. xxii.
  2. In seamen's language, the owner of a ship who manages its concerns in person. Mar. Dict.
  3. The male of animals of a lower order. Dryden.
  4. An economist; a good manager; a man who knows and practices the methods of frugality and profit. In this sense, the word is modified by an epithet; as, a good husband; a bad husband. [But in America, this application of the word is little or not at all used.] Davies. Collier.
  5. A farmer; a cultivator; a tiller of the ground. [In this sense, it is not used in America. We always use husband-man.] Bacon. Dryden.

HUS'BAND, v.t.

  1. To direct and manage with frugality in expending any thing; to use or employ in the manner best suited to produce the greatest effect; to use with economy. We say, a man husbands his estate, his means, or his time. He is conscious how ill he has husbanded the great deposit of his Creator. Rambler.
  2. To till; to cultivate with good management. Bacon.
  3. To supply with a husband. [Little used.] Shak.


Manageable with economy. [Ill.] Sherwood.


Used or managed with economy; well managed.