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

There was also potential for home state drama with two Texans in the race. O’Rourke and former Obama housing secretary Castro clashed in an earlier debate over immigration. oregonlive, "Who won September’s Democratic presidential debate? Vote here," 13 Sep. 2019 The insults came as Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and French President Emmanuel Macron have clashed repeatedly in recent weeks over fires in the Amazon rainforest and climate change. Washington Post, "World leaders support French first lady amid Brazil insults," 10 Sep. 2019 Clemson Remember last year's Aggies-Tigers clash in College Station? The Si Staff, SI.com, "Top Week 2 College Football Bets for Each Power 5 Conference," 6 Sep. 2019 There are now more than 100,000 crosses crowded there, clashing together in the breeze like eerie wind chimes. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "Creepy Catacombs, Islands of Dolls, and 18 Other Terrifying Places for Thrill Seekers," 4 Sep. 2019 In 1968, police and antiwar demonstrators clashed in the streets of Chicago as the Democratic National Convention nominated Hubert H. Humphrey for president. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 28 Aug. 2019 The two teams that clashed in last year’s Cook Inlet Conference flag football championship game are 2-0 after the first week of the season. Anchorage Daily News, "One week into flag football season, Dimond and West are both 2-0," 25 Aug. 2019 Forward Alex Morgan leapt for a header in the sixth minute Wednesday night, clashing in the air with Chicago defenders Julie Ertz and Sarah Gorden. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando Pride beat Chicago Red Stars 2-1 despite early Alex Morgan injury," 23 Aug. 2019 Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, clashed Tuesday in the first day of the second Democratic presidential debate in Detroit. Jonathan D. Salant, al, "Who won Tuesday’s Democratic presidential debate? Experts grade the candidates," 31 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Similarly, Schwarzman was hopeful the United States and China could agree to a trade deal early on and avert a full-scale clash. Cristina Alesci, CNN, "Stephen Schwarzman writes in new book about his role as Trump interlocutor with China," 17 Sep. 2019 So at the time of his arrest, said he had been taken into custody in the Fortress Hill neighborhood of Hong Kong Island, where clashes became heated Sunday night. BostonGlobe.com, "HONG KONG — Hundreds of students marched through a Hong Kong campus Monday and broke the glass on several doors to protest the arrest of a college reporter who was taken into custody during a rally this weekend for carrying what his school’s president described as a table knife.," 17 Sep. 2019 Check out 90min's preview of Wednesday's clash below. SI.com, "Atlético vs Juventus Preview: Where to Watch, Buy Tickets, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 16 Sep. 2019 The clash could have implications for their future relationship, potentially complicating the governor’s legislative agenda. Phil Willon, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Newsom plans to veto bill that would have blocked Trump’s rollback of endangered species protections," 14 Sep. 2019 Drew Dixon, Nathan Tilford and Matt Wells will be in the spotlight when Arizona and Texas Tech clash. oregonlive, "Forget style points or margin of victory, the OSU Beavers just need to win: Issues & Answers," 14 Sep. 2019 The clashes amid the mid-autumn festival holiday came after several nights of peaceful rallies that featured mass singing at shopping malls by supporters of the months-long pro-democracy protests. Time, "Conflict Breaks Out in Hong Kong Mall Amid Counter Protests," 14 Sep. 2019 The clashes amid the mid-autumn festival holiday came after several nights of peaceful rallies that featured mass singing at shopping malls by pro-democracy protesters. SFChronicle.com, "News of the Day From Around the World," 14 Sep. 2019 Despite some pre-debate chest-thumping by Mr. Biden’s camp, no great clash occurred in Thursday’s debate in Houston, the first time he and Ms. Warren have been onstage together during the primary. Alexander Burns, New York Times, "Biden and Warren Avoid Direct Conflict — But for How Long?," 13 Sep. 2019

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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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