\ 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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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 teams will then clash in Mexico City on Wednesday, May 5. oregonlive, "Portland Timbers excited for CONCACAF Champions League matchup against Club América: ‘You play to compete in these kinds of matches’," 27 Apr. 2021 Swampscott entered Friday’s clash 3-0, having three games canceled because of COVID-19., "A high five for Connor Cronin, Marblehead in dominant season-ending rivalry victory," 23 Apr. 2021 The two prevailing histories of Rutherford Falls clash and so do the show's two leads in the process. Omar Sanchez,, "How Peacock’s Rutherford Falls challenges white privilege," 20 Apr. 2021 The findings clash with separate research that previously suggested the variant may be tied to a higher risk of dying from Covid-19. Zamira Rahim, CNN, "US pauses Johnson & Johnson rollout over clotting reports," 13 Apr. 2021 The United States women’s national team will clash once again with France, facing off Tuesday against the long-time foe at the site of the last U.S. loss — Stade Océane in Le Havre, France. Julia Poe,, "USWNT finishes Europe stint with match against long-time foe France," 12 Apr. 2021 One of boxing’s biggest stars, Saul Canelo Alvarez, returns to the ring Saturday, Feb. 27, for a super middleweight title clash against Avni Yildirim. Mark Heim |, al, "Alvarez-Yildirim live stream on DAZN (2/27): How to watch unified super middleweight fight online, TV, time," 27 Feb. 2021 The joint session of Congress was disrupted for hours after a group of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, which ultimately led to a violent and deadly clash between Trump supporters and Capitol Police. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Trump can't resist mentioning election controversies during Limbaugh phone tribute," 17 Feb. 2021 Brooklyn Center, the city where Wright died, has been roiled by four consecutive nights of unrest as rioters take to the streets, loot businesses and clash with law enforcement. Jake Dima, Washington Examiner, "Geraldo Rivera calls Dan Bongino a 'punk' in heated exchange about Minnesota unrest," 14 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The case against the activists has its origins in a clash that unfolded on Jan. 1, 2018, in a village known as Bhima Koregaon following a memorial event celebrated by Dalits, who occupy the lowest rung in India’s caste hierarchy. Washington Post, "Further evidence in case against Indian activists accused of terrorism was planted, new report says," 21 Apr. 2021 Evans’s death came about three months after fellow Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick died after suffering injuries in a clash with insurrectionists who stormed the building on Jan. 6., "‘Full honors befitting a hero’: Funeral for slain Capitol police officer William Evans held in Adams," 15 Apr. 2021 Of course, Brooklyn had every intention of playing Durant in this clash of East powers, but then the tragic and fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright happened. Mike Mazzeo, Forbes, "Brooklyn Nets Right To Put Kevin Durant’s Health Over Playoff Seeding," 15 Apr. 2021 Philip participated in the clash, operating a searchlight. New York Times, "Prince Philip, Husband of Queen Elizabeth II, Is Dead at 99," 9 Apr. 2021 The move is the latest escalation in the clash between the cruise industry as well as its allies and the government over how to resume voyages. Dave Sebastian, WSJ, "Florida Sues U.S. Health Authorities to Restart Cruises," 8 Apr. 2021 The court will hear arguments Monday in this clash between property rights and labor rights in the case of Cedar Point Nursery vs. Hassid. Los Angeles Times, "Supreme Court to hear challenge to California law that allows union organizers on farms," 18 Mar. 2021 Indian and Chinese troops were involved in a military clash along the Line of Actual Control -- the de facto border between the two countries in the Himalayas -- in June, which left troops dead on both sides after hand-to-hand combat. Brad Lendon And Selina Wang, CNN, "Quad heads of state to hold first-ever summit this week," 9 Mar. 2021 Debbie, the grandma, is in a perpetual power clash with her son Ryan. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, "Is Now the Worst Time for Buried by the Bernards? Or Is It the Best Time?," 12 Feb. 2021

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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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2 May 2021

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“Clash.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 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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