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 With political tensions running high across the country, protesters from a variety of groups could clash at polling places. Los Angeles Times, "What if armed, far-right groups go to the polls? Some plan to," 10 Oct. 2020 On this date: Case and Akron clash in a college football game, with World Series reports given during the game. Marc Bona, cleveland, "World Series shifts to Cleveland: 1920 Game 4," 9 Oct. 2020 The exigencies of a theater company of limited means sometimes clash with the practical needs of its artists. Washington Post, "A play is birthed online, and I was in the delivery room," 1 Oct. 2020 For Justin, who worked as a law clerk after his teaching days, the professions don’t clash. David Lindquist, The Indianapolis Star, "This 10th Street spot combines Justin Vining's art gallery and his brother's law office," 21 Sep. 2020 The two teams clash tonight at 8 p.m. (9 p.m. EST). Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Rockets vs. Thunder Game 7 live stream (9/2): How to watch NBA playoffs online, TV, time," 2 Sep. 2020 The novel’s immense readability does clash with its intimidating doorstop size. Christian Holub, EW.com, "Quarantine Book Club: How I got lost in Piranesi during the pandemic," 17 Sep. 2020 In 2014, the internet clash that became known as Gamergate created a stir in the gaming world. Kate Knibbs, Wired, "How Cuties Got Caught in a Gamergate-Style Internet Clash," 15 Sep. 2020 Those Senate Intelligence Committee findings clash with a 2018 report from the House Intelligence Committee, led at the time by California Republican Devin Nunes. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "Senate Intelligence Committee rejects request by GOP senators for documents from Russia investigation," 14 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Ronaldo will now miss his country's next Nations League fixture against Sweden on Wednesday, as well as Juventus' upcoming matches which include a Serie A clash with Crotone and a Champions League group game against Dynamo Kyiv. George Ramsay And Vasco Cotovio, CNN, "Cristiano Ronaldo tests positive for coronavirus," 13 Oct. 2020 A few Week 2 games in the Houston area were canceled for various reasons, including the Falcons’ non-district clash with Travis due to a positive COVID-19 test. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Foster, Paetow scheduled for 10-5A showdown," 7 Oct. 2020 Palacios-Carbajal’s death fueled multiple protests over the summer, culminating in a violent clash with police after Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill concluded on July 9 that the shooting was legally justified. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Salt Lake police union wants City Council member disciplined for calling Palacios-Carbajal shooting unlawful," 1 Oct. 2020 The group has participated in rallies across the U.S., including a violent clash with protesters in Portland, Oregon, in 2018. Naomi Nix, Bloomberg.com, "Trump Tells Violent, Far-Right Group: ‘Stand Back and Stand By’," 30 Sep. 2020 The examples go back decades: Ronald Reagan doddered his way through a 1984 clash with Walter Mondale; four years before that, Jimmy Carter stumbled through his one and only debate with Reagan. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "President Donald Trump and Joe Biden brace for vicious match-up in first presidential debate in Cleveland," 28 Sep. 2020 Protests broke out in Louisville almost immediately following Cameron’s announcement, which ultimately morphed into a violent clash with police where two police officers were shot by rioters. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "Kaepernick calls for 'white supremacist' police that 'stole Breonna Taylor's life' to be abolished," 24 Sep. 2020 What was intended to be a peaceful protest at the 1968 Democratic National Convention turned into a violent clash with police and the National Guard. Kathleen Christiansen, orlandosentinel.com, "Fall movies: Lineup includes James Bond, Wonder Woman and more," 23 Sep. 2020 For Bolsonaro, tackling the country’s education system is part of a far deeper ideological clash with the Brazilian left. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Trump joins dictators and demagogues in touting ‘patriotic education’," 21 Sep. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for clash

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The first known use of clash was circa 1500

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Last Updated

16 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Clash.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clash. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for clash

clash

verb
How to pronounce clash (audio)

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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