col·​lide | \kə-ˈlīd \
collided; colliding

Definition of collide 

intransitive verb

1 : to come together with solid or direct impact The car collided with a tree. Two helicopters collided.

2 : clash colliding cultures Science and religion collided in the court.

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Examples of collide in a Sentence

Two football players collided on the field. a story of what happens when modern American mores and traditional Asian values collide

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For a master class in colliding charming aesthetics and slightly more acerbic content, look at the collage artist Anne Taintor, who has been mashing up 1950s advertising imagery with witty phrases of her own invention since the mid-1980s. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "We buy each other gifts with misanthropic slogans to forge a common bond," 9 Nov. 2018 These visions have collided before, amid plentiful sound and fury. Fred Niedner, Post-Tribune, "Niedner: Recommitting to our founding values crucial to future," 6 July 2018 Officials rushed to the scene to find the Toyota had collided with a 10-wheel dump truck, the statement said. Elise Takahama,, "Dedham man killed in two-vehicle crash involving dump truck," 15 June 2018 Sports and politics, and sports and socials issues have always collided with one another, but now more than ever those conversations are dominating the news cycle. Dan Deluca,, "Jemele Hill is playing the Roots Picnic: The ESPN commentator on the NFL and Donald Trump, Bryan Colangelo and the Sixers," 1 June 2018 Jack Young, then 20, was behind the wheel of the truck that crossed the center line on U.S. Highway 83 and collided with the Ford bus full of members of First Baptist Church of New Braunfels, authorities said, KSAT reported. Crystal Hill, star-telegram, "Drugged driver killed 13 churchgoers in bus crash, police say. Now he's facing prison," 31 May 2018 That has collided with a booming technology sector to help the median price of a home in the state more than double to nearly $540,000 since 2000. Laura Kusisto, WSJ, "Homebuilding Isn’t Keeping Up With Growth, Development Group Says," 16 Apr. 2018 Their raft had collided with a metal pole that held the net. Author: Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Anchorage Daily News, "They helped design a record-breaking waterslide – and were arrested after it decapitated a boy," 3 Apr. 2018 The Theta Tau fraternity videos presented a situation where the rights of one group to speak freely collide with the rights of others to have a safe and welcoming learning environment. Gregory Germain, Washington Post, "Law professor: Syracuse betrayed its commitment to free speech when it punished fraternity members for their videos," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of collide

1700, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for collide

Latin collidere, from com- + laedere to injure by striking

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English Language Learners Definition of collide

: to hit something or each other with strong force : to crash together or to crash into something


col·​lide | \kə-ˈlīd \
collided; colliding

Kids Definition of collide

1 : to strike against each other with strong force Racing downstairs I almost collided with my mother …— Pam Zollman, Don't Bug Me!

2 : clash entry 1 sense 2 Their different goals collided.

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