clash

verb
\ 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

clash

noun

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

Verb

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

National mourning is rapidly transforming into outrage as police clash with protestors in the area surrounding the museum’s gutted remains, CNN reports. Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, "Brazil Mourns Loss of Rio de Janeiro's National Museum After Devastating Fire," 4 Sep. 2018 Homelessness grew, and the new residents of Oakland clashed with the native residents and their culture. Michelle Dione Snider, The Root, "When Barbecuing and Living While Black Becomes a Crime," 28 May 2018 Marie Claire: In the film, the older and younger versions of yourself talk to each other directly, and often clash. Abigail Pesta, Marie Claire, "This Woman's True Story of Child Sexual Abuse Is Now a Movie Starring Laura Dern," 24 May 2018 Organizers in Blacksburg, Virginia, initially moved their march up 1 day to avoid clashing with an annual scrimmage by the local university’s football team that draws tens of thousands of spectators as well as a chocolate festival in the city. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "2018 March for Science will be far more than street protests," 4 Apr. 2018 In 2016, the two rival forces clashed once again in Juba, and Machar once again fled the city — as well as the country. Jennifer Williams, Vox, "South Sudan’s civil war has raged for 5 years. Now the leaders of the two sides are meeting.," 20 June 2018 Costa clashed with Portugal’s Pepe and appeared to hit Pepe’s face with his forearm, but the goal stood following review. Nick Schwartz, For The Win, "Should referees have waved off Diego Costa's sensational goal?," 15 June 2018 While the protests remained largely peaceful, there were some reports of violence, as riot police and security officials clashed with some of the protesters and deployed tear gas . Marilia Brocchetto, CNN, "Hundreds protest in Jordan against austerity measures," 3 June 2018 But Rose clashed at times with Popovich over minutes, and the Spurs needed a big man to help ease some of Tim Duncan’s hefty load. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, "Spurs trade history includes several blockbusters," 26 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Fans speculate: The location of the clash is also important. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Game of Thrones Season 8 Teaser Is Here and Fans Already Have Theories," 7 Dec. 2018 In the most recent clash this summer, Bytedance accused Tencent of blocking TikTok videos from its platforms, including dominant messaging app WeChat; Tencent retorted by suing Bytedance for libel and anti-competitive practices. Sam Byford, The Verge, "How China’s Bytedance became the world’s most valuable startup," 30 Nov. 2018 In response to Ukraine’s move, Russia plans to send more S-400 missiles, which can travel as far as 250 miles, in Crimea in case the clash grows bigger. Stavros Agorakis, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Russia threatens war with Ukraine — again," 29 Nov. 2018 If Iceland beats Nigeria in a clash between Group D’s other teams on Friday, Argentina will need a miracle to advance at the World Cup. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Messi's misery evident as Argentina suffers devastating 3-0 loss to Croatia at World Cup," 21 June 2018 Barrett also called the police during a clash on April 6, 2011, according to the records, but the dispute was verbal and no arrests were made. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "Couple In Murder-Suicide Had On-And-Off Relationship, Police Records Show," 5 June 2018 Tear gas and gunfire left hundreds injured in clashes on three bridges that divide Colombia and Venezuela, while two trucks carrying food and other supplies were torched by Venezuelan forces, according to witnesses including two opposition deputies. José De Córdoba And Daniela Blandón, WSJ, "Violence Erupts in Venezuela Border Showdown," 23 Feb. 2019 But in light of the weekend’s clashes, Fox has brought the caravan frenzy back again. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Fox News wants you to be very afraid of what’s happening at the border," 26 Nov. 2018 The killing triggered protests and clashes as hundreds of people poured into streets at several places in downtown Srinagar calling for the end of Indian rule. Fox News, "Clashes erupt around Kashmir after Indian troops kill man," 27 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of clash

Verb

circa 1500, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1513, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for clash

Verb

imitative

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clash

verb

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

clash

noun

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

clash

verb
\ 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.

clash

noun

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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