clash

verb
\ ˈklash \
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

Since then, the Bundys have regularly clashed with the government both inside and outside the courtroom, making them figureheads of the anti-Washington energy that also propelled Trump to the White House. Kyle Swenson, The Seattle Times, "Ammon Bundy breaks with Trump on anti-migrant rhetoric: ‘It’s all fear-based’," 28 Nov. 2018 From 2012 to 2016, interest group-preferred candidates won 60 percent of the time when interest group and party preferences clashed. Cory Manento, Vox, "Citizens United is fueling outsider candidates," 8 Oct. 2018 Some of the biggest supreme court battlegrounds this year are in states where the court has clashed with the legislature. Andrew Demillo, The Seattle Times, "State supreme court battles mirror the fight over Kavanaugh," 2 Oct. 2018 Above all, Carey said, in comparison with making bookings online, travelers appreciate the perks of working with agents, especially when plans clash with the realities of life. Rachel Siegel, chicagotribune.com, "'The Internet doesn't call you back:' AAA's case for more human travel agents," 6 July 2018 There have only been two government shutdowns in New Jersey: one in 2006 amid a dispute over the sales tax, and again last year, when Christie clashed with lawmakers over a health insurer’s reserves. Andrew Seidman, Philly.com, "Gov. Murphy, N.J. lawmakers at budget impasse," 21 June 2018 The high seas doesn't belong to any one country, which means regional governments often clash during negotiations. Chris Johns, National Geographic, "High Seas Fishing Isn’t Just Destructive—It’s Unprofitable," 6 June 2018 Once those players graduate, many head to MLS, with whom Klinsmann often clashed during his USMNT tenure. Chris Ballard, SI.com, "The Reflection, Future and Duality of Post-USMNT Jurgen Klinsmann," 16 May 2018 The mass protests along the Gaza Strip began on March 30 when Israeli forces clashed with some 30,000 Palestinians, leaving 18 dead and hundreds wounded. Carli Teproff, miamiherald, "Gaza violence, embassy opening in Israel divide South Florida," 14 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This clash of cultures has resulted in a delightfully layered nation where the official languages are Dutch, English, and Papiamentu, which is a mix of Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, and some African dialects. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Best Things to Do, Eat, and See in Curaçao," 8 Jan. 2019 His account of the great imperial hydraulic project is impressive in its detailing of logistical obstacles, political opposition, bean counters’ bleatings and clashes of engineers’ egos. Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, "‘Unruly Waters’ and ‘Ganges’ Review: In India, Water Is Politics," 4 Jan. 2019 Research on estrangement is sparse, but a 2015 Stand Alone-Cambridge study found emotional abuse, clashes of personality and values, and mismatched expectations about family roles and the relationship are common contributing factors. Ashley Edwards Walker, Good Housekeeping, "Modern Estrangement: What Does It Mean to Be Estranged, Anyway?," 21 Dec. 2018 There's no doubt a clash of academic cultures here—archaeoastronomy places more emphasis on social and cultural evidence and interpretations, whereas astronomy is all about precise data. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "“Wolf’s jaw” star cluster may have inspired parts of Ragnarök myth," 16 Nov. 2018 This clash of warring impulses—avoid and antagonize—defines my existence. Patricia Grisafi, SELF, "When I’m Gaming, I Can Stop Being a People Pleaser and Embrace My Anger," 1 Nov. 2018 Many anticipate an inevitable clash of personalities. Carlos Rodriguez And Amy Guthrie, Fox News, "Maradona to coach soccer club in Mexico's cartel heartland," 10 Sep. 2018 Charting a young rapper's rite of passage under the aegis of an old poet with a traumatic past, Respeto offers a gripping if sometimes slightly melodramatic look at the chaotic clash of values shaping the Philippines today. Clarence Tsui, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Respeto': Film Review," 11 July 2018 Both sides will be on cloud nine after their previous victories, so this one is poised to be a clash of epic proportions. SI.com, "World Cup Preview: France vs Belgium - Recent Form, Classic Encounter, Predictions & More," 9 July 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 \
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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