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collision

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noun col·li·sion \kə-ˈli-zhən\

Simple Definition of collision

  • : a crash in which two or more things or people hit each other

  • : a situation in which people or groups disagree : a clash or conflict

Full Definition of collision

  1. 1 :  an act or instance of colliding :  clash

  2. 2 :  an encounter between particles (as atoms or molecules) resulting in exchange or transformation of energy

col·li·sion·al play \-ˈlizh-nəl, -ˈli-zhə-nəl\ adjective
col·li·sion·al·ly adverb

Examples of collision

  1. The car was destroyed in the collision.

  2. <the collision of two opposing philosophies regarding the rearing of children>



Origin of collision

Middle English, from Latin collision-, collisio, from collidere


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of collision

impact, collision, shock, concussion mean a forceful, even violent contact between two or more things. impact may be used to imply contact between two things, at least one of which is impelled toward the other <the glass shattered on impact with the floor>. collision implies the coming together of two or more things with such force that both or all are damaged or their progress is severely impeded <the collision damaged the vehicle>. shock often denotes the effect produced by a collision and carries the suggestion of something that strikes or hits with force <the shock of falling rocks>. concussion when not in technical use, often suggests the shattering, disrupting, or weakening effects of a collision, explosion, or blow <bystanders felt the concussion of the blast>.



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