\ 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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb One foolproof way to successfully pull off more eccentric pairs is to wear them with something equally as fun—think: exaggerated silhouettes and bold prints that complement, rather than clash, with their uniqueness. Shelby Ying Hyde, Harper's BAZAAR, 30 May 2022 Sometimes opposing lines of cases evolve and clash, and something must give. Akhil Reed Amar, WSJ, 13 May 2022 FC Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez has confirmed Ansu Fati's return in tomorrow's La Liga clash against Mallorca. Tom Sanderson, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 When the Bengals and Rams clash on Sunday, about 100,000 fans will cram into SoFi — nearly the population of Inglewood, the city that surrounds it. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 12 Feb. 2022 Avoid being too headstrong in June, when you may be inconsiderate or clash with a competitor. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 22 May 2021 The East’s No. 7 seed will then be on the line when the Boston Celtics clash with the Washington Wizards later in the night. Alex Kay, Forbes, 18 May 2021 Berman’s central thesis—that the implicit values of economics clash with and crowd out progressive aims—is more familiar. Idrees Kahloon, The New Yorker, 16 May 2022 Showrunner and cocreator John Hoffman also teased that Alice will clash with old-fashioned Charles and Oliver. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 7 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Higgins and Eliza clash, then form an unlikely bond — one that is threatened by an aristocratic suitor (Jeremy Brett). Travis Bean, Forbes, 25 June 2022 Stanwyck is Maggie, the owner of the fair, to whom Charlie's loyalty is tested when a romantic clash sends him to a rival touring gig. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 25 June 2022 Anthony Vaccarello, the brand’s designer, who loves a micro short, cited another famed hot-pants wearer as his spring 2021 muse: Canadian electro-clash musician and performance artist Peaches. Nancy Macdonell, WSJ, 22 June 2022 Meanwhile, a longstanding source of internal friction within BRICS remains unresolved: tensions between India and China, which in 2020 spiraled into a violent border clash. Simone Mccarthy, CNN, 22 June 2022 While Brooks, 68, and Britt, 40, have similar views, their race represents a clash between two wings of the party and different generations., 21 June 2022 In Missouri, a clash over contraception foreshadows what may come in a post-Roe world. New York Times, 20 June 2022 Since Musk bought Twitter, there have reportedly been worries of a culture clash. Chloe Berger, Fortune, 16 June 2022 Friday’s clash figures to be a rematch in the pitching circle as well. Daviess County junior Raylee Roby (21-4, 1.34 ERA) got the victory against Ballard last year, allowing an unearned run and four hits while striking out four. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, 9 June 2022 See More

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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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\ 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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