\ ˈklash How to pronounce clash (audio) \
clashed; clashing; clashes

Definition of clash

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to make a clash cymbals clashed
2 : to come into conflict where ignorant armies clash by night— Matthew Arnold also : to be incompatible the colors clashed

transitive verb

: to cause to clash



Definition of clash (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a noisy usually metallic sound of collision
2a : a hostile encounter : skirmish
b : a sharp conflict a clash of opinions

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Other Words from clash


clasher noun

Examples of clash in a Sentence

Verb Police and protesters clashed yesterday. The sofa and the chair clash. She ended the song by clashing the cymbals. Noun Hundreds were killed in ethnic clashes in the region last month. a clash between rival gangs that resulted in some serious injuries
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Tigers begin the schedule with a Feb. 28 home game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Lakeland, Florida, followed by a trip to Tampa for a March 1 clash with the New York Yankees. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers release new spring training schedule: 29 games with fans in the stands," 12 Feb. 2021 House members took time to speak on the event, which saw thousands of Trump supporters clash with law enforcement and breach the U.S. Capitol. Jake Dima, Washington Examiner, "Democratic congressman apologizes to colleagues of color for having 'privilege' during Capitol siege," 5 Feb. 2021 Republican Joni Ernst of Iowa questioned whether Vilsack's commitment to biofuels would clash with the Biden administration's public commitment to switch the federal vehicle fleet to electric cars and trucks. Ashraf Khalil, Star Tribune, "Agriculture secretary nominee Vilsack endorses biofuels push," 2 Feb. 2021 Drew Lock and Matt Ryan clash when the Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos meet on Sunday, Nov. 8. Mark Heim |, al, "Falcons vs. Broncos live stream (11/8): How to watch NFL Week 9 online, TV, time," 8 Nov. 2020 Thousands of guard members were deployed following the Jan. 6 riot, which saw a mob of demonstrators clash with law enforcement and eventually breach the Capitol in an attempt to interrupt the certification of President Biden's election victory. Jake Dima, Washington Examiner, "Tom Cotton demands end to National Guard presence after no 'credible' threats observed," 27 Jan. 2021 However, Tottenham Hotspur's home game against Wolfsberger AC will be on Wednesday 24 February due to UEFA Europa League clash with Arsenal, who are also seeded. Matias Grez, CNN, "Champions League draw: Barcelona faces Paris Saint-Germain in pick of round of 16 ties," 14 Dec. 2020 All Deaf people are different, and at Gallaudet, their different perspectives mingle and sometimes clash. Laken Brooks,, "Netflix’s Deaf U Proves That There’s No “Right” Way To Be Deaf," 10 Oct. 2020 Bowl eligibility could very well be on the line in this fall’s clash with Kansas. Scott Bell, Dallas News, "Texas Tech season preview: Can a healthier Red Raiders team improve on its 2019 record?," 3 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The first public clash between the president’s legal team and the impeachment managers will be over the question of whether the trial is legitimate under the Constitution. Nicholas Fandos,, "Here’s how Trump’s second impeachment trial will unfold this week," 8 Feb. 2021 The hours-long clash between law enforcement and insurrectionists left the building with battle scars that could take months to assess and repair, officials said. Author: Toluse Olorunnipa, Michelle Ye Hee Lee, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump’s election fraud falsehoods have cost taxpayers $519 million - and counting," 7 Feb. 2021 Indian media outlets and independent military analysts said that the clash happened several days ago, and that soldiers on both sides were wounded, although no fatalities were reported. New York Times, "New India-China Border Clash Shows Simmering Tensions," 25 Jan. 2021 The clash between renewable energy projects and tribal cultural protection isn’t limited to Western deserts., "Tribes want Biden to balance technology and cultural issues in renewable energy projects," 18 Jan. 2021 The clash at the Capitol offered a jarring image of vulnerability on the very grounds where President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be sworn in. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, "'A zero fail mission': Secret Service vows 'robust' inauguration security after deadly Capitol siege," 11 Jan. 2021 The clash comes as the governor has resisted stricter restrictions, like a statewide mask mandate, curfew or shutdown, as the virus surges across the state. Washington Post, "Arizona’s governor urged residents to stay home. His adult son posted maskless videos at a crowded, indoor dance party.," 5 Jan. 2021 The clash killed 20 Indians and an unspecified number of Chinese, the worst loss of life on the China-India boundary in more than 50 years. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "What’s Worse Than 2020 in America?," 28 Dec. 2020 In grappling with plays from earlier eras, a clash of values is inevitable. Los Angeles Times, "My dream for theater: Toss the old business model in the dumpster fire of 2020," 21 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of clash


circa 1500, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


1513, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of clash was circa 1500

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19 Feb 2021

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“Clash.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of clash

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to be in a situation in which you are fighting or disagreeing : to come into conflict with someone
: to look bad or ugly together
: to be very different in a way that makes being or working together difficult



English Language Learners Definition of clash (Entry 2 of 2)

: a short fight between groups of people
: an argument or disagreement between people
: a difference that makes it difficult for people or things to be together or work together


\ ˈklash How to pronounce clash (audio) \
clashed; clashing

Kids Definition of clash

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to make or cause to make the loud sound of metal objects hitting clashing cymbals
2 : to come into conflict Protesters clashed with the police.
3 : to not go together well Their personalities clashed. Your shirt and tie clash.



Kids Definition of clash (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a loud sharp sound usually of metal striking metal the clash of swords
2 : a struggle or strong disagreement It was inevitable that the clash for leadership should come.— Jack London, The Call of the Wild

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