\ 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 First place in the Hockomock League is on the line as Kelley-Rex and Davenport divisions clash., 12 Oct. 2021 Meanwhile, the country is facing an urgent financial crisis as lawmakers clash on whether to raise the U.S. government’s borrowing limit, known as the debt ceiling. Rachel Siegel, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Sep. 2021 Relations have been eroding for years as the two countries clash over everything from Hong Kong and Xinjiang to Big Data, trade and foreign investment. Jill Disis, CNN, 16 July 2021 Prices hit a 13-year high yesterday as supply constraints clash with rising seasonal demand. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 28 Apr. 2021 The potential trip shows how the administration is looking to deliver on its pledge to prioritize collaboration with China on combating climate change, even as the two largest emitters clash over human rights, trade, intellectual property, and more. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, 12 Apr. 2021 Emotions may get in the way of the truth today as dramatic, creative energies clash with logic and reality. Tarot Astrologers,, 21 Feb. 2021 Louisville has a chance to extend its three-game winning streak in an ACC road clash against an undefeated Wake Forest team that this week broke into the USA Today Coaches Poll at No. 25. Shannon Russell, The Courier-Journal, 2 Oct. 2021 The annual renewal of the 40-year football rivalry between Bel Air and C. Milton Wright Friday night was clash between two teams going in opposite directions. Bill Blewett,, 25 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun At the very least, this latest clash between Trump and the norms that have long governed US political life underscores how desperate the ex-President is, for whatever reason, to conceal what really happened on January 6. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 15 Oct. 2021 In the worst military clash between China and India in years, Indian authorities say 20 Indian soldiers died and several Chinese troops also suffered casualties. Rajesh Roy, WSJ, 11 Oct. 2021 Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma and Lindsay Czarniak. Check out some of what Mitch Stacy of the Associated Press wrote about this clash between the veteran Rodgers and the young Joe Burrow. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 10 Oct. 2021 But with both teams unbeaten entering the contest, something had to give in the clash between the class of the South Shore League., 9 Oct. 2021 One of his attorneys brought him the pencils and a piece of paper, prompting a clash between the attorneys over whether he should be allowed to draw using colored pencils to avoid getting upset. Rafael Olmeda,, 6 Oct. 2021 The clash between Moscow and Silicon Valley underscores the increasingly perilous waters tech companies must navigate worldwide as their services become ever more important to political campaigns. Washington Post, 17 Sep. 2021 The administration is gearing up for another major clash between federal and state rule. Eric Tucker, Alanna Durkin Richer, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Sep. 2021 The drive from Virginia Tech to Charlotte is no problem, and well worth it for this clash between two teams that look like national title contenders. Noah Trister, ajc, 27 Aug. 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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“Clash.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 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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